Coppersmith Barbets discovered useless close to Auroville, poisoning suspected

The carcasses of over 30 birds have been discovered, and native residents have alleged that poachers killed them

Over 30 Coppersmith Barbets have been discovered useless in entrance of a non-public property close to the worldwide township of Auroville on Monday.

Native residents and wildlife activists suspect the birds died attributable to poisoning, although the Forest Division authorities are but to establish the explanation behind the deaths.

Govinda, a resident of a property owned by Sri Aurobindo Ashram seen the carcasses of a heap of birds mendacity outdoors the premises, underneath a banyan tree, on the primary street.

“A number of birds have been writhing whereas the others had perished. The carcasses have been discovered scattered on the primary street in entrance of the property and throughout the premises. We instantly knowledgeable the Forest Division,” he stated.

Native residents alleged that poachers who had killed birds had eliminated the carcasses that have been mendacity on the street within the morning. The poachers have been seen roaming within the space carrying slingshots, they stated.

On data, a crew of Forest Division officers led by Tindivanam Forest Ranger M. Babu rushed to the spot and held enquiries. The crew additionally collected the carcasses of the birds and despatched them to the Veterinary Hospital in Vanur for post-mortems.

“We’re looking for out if the birds died attributable to poisoning. The carcasses have been despatched for post-mortems to establish the explanation behind the deaths. The accused might be nabbed quickly and they’d be booked underneath the provisions of the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972,” District Forest Officer Abhishek Tomar stated.

In line with a naturalist, “Prima-facie, it seems to be like a case of poisoning. The barbets are widespread residents and are predominantly frugivorous. The birds are present in small teams on Banyan and Peepal timber. The carcasses had no seen harm and it’s suspected that the birds have been poisoned,” he stated.

Forest Division officers stated that patrolling might be stepped up within the Auroville area following the incident.

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