After getting the bird out of the tree, fire brigade personnel tried to feed it without luck; they then handed it over to some animal activists for further care
The persistent shrieks coming from a nearby tree in Nana Pethpiqued Mahesh Jambhulkar’s interest. On investigating, the scribe and newspaper vendor Ramesh Shinde found a bird tangled in some kite string, hanging precariously from a branch.
“I happened to be at the location by chance. We decided to call the fire brigade authorities to help the kite. Chief fire officer Prashant Ranpise was prompt to send a squad for help within a few minutes.
Fireman Rajaram Kedari did not even wait for the stairway to beset up and climbed the tree to rescue the bird,” Jambhulkar said.
Top of the tree
The rescuer, fireman Kedari, said, “When we reached the spot, I saw the bird entangled upside down in the sharp string at the top of the tree, and it was fighting for life. As people told us that the bird had been trapped there for three days, I saw no point in waiting further and climbed the tree to bring the poor creature down. It was scared and was struggling to breathe as the kite line, enmeshed in its wings was hurting it.
When we brought the bird down, the vendors sitting there came forward to give it some water. Later, we took the bird to our Bhawani Peth office to it keep there till bird lovers and authorities from Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park (Katraj) arrived.”
The staff at the fire brigade office tried to feed the bird some milk and victuals, but the poor kite was unable to consume anything till evening. The bird was later taken by activists Bhaskar Bhalerao and Sagar Chorge for further treatment.
Bhalerao, of ‘Wild Animal and Snake Protection Society’, said,“I am taking the kite to my house to feed it. The bird is physically exhausted due to lack of food. So, we will try to serve it some chicken and see if it can fly tomorrow morning. If it is not ableto do so, we will take the bird to the zoo for further treatment.”
Life on the line
Sources say, as the Makar Sankranti festival is arriving within a week, youngsters are absorbed in the tradition of flying paper kites; but this is also resulting in cases of bird deaths. Activists have also appealed to citizens to fly the kites in open spaces to avoid such unfortunate episodes