Tsirang Forest Division, last month had rescued and translocated two injured birds in a row. The birds, found with different injuries were successfully rescued and translocated to Southern Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre for further care.
On July 19, Mendrelgang forestry staff, who were on the official duty had come across an injured Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) being tended to by a local resident in Balawney village, Barshong gewog. Balawney is two hour’s drive from Damphu town with three hours walk from the nearest motorable road. A Peafowl having sustained injuries on its left leg and chest has been found with a local resident, who was trying to recuperate the bird from injuries.
Upon investigation by forestry officials, they found the bird’s left leg was broken and chest wounded. The local resident shared that the injured bird was found lying at the side of his paddy field.
The first aid was given through the application of indigenous knowledge where the sign of improvement was observed. The forestry official, supported by the concerned village public, brought the bird to Mendrelgang Beat Office for further treatment and management.
The injured bird showed a drastic improvement in its health, after a thorough and timely treatment by the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital. However, to increase its chances of survival and for better treatment, the Peafowl was handed over to Southern Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, as Tsirang Division lacks wildlife rehabilitation infrastructure and facilities.
In a similar incident, a severely injured male great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) was handed over to the Tsirang Forest Division by a bolero driver. Immediate treatment has been provided by the officials from Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital, Tsirang. Considering the severity of the injury, the hornbill has to be immediately referred to the Southern Rehabilitation Centre at Sarpang. Both birds were escorted by the officials from the division and were handed over to the Centre on August 14.
Submitted by: Tsirang Forest Division