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Over the past years, our team has provided aid to numerous species of birds found in and around Pune - from raptors, owls, waterbirds, hornbills, flamingoes to vultures. These birds come to us in all possible states - rescued from illegal captivity, sustaining broken wings, minor injuries, dehydration, orphaned or requiring immediate rescue.
Kite Flying String/Manja:
All year round we are called out to rescue birds that have wound their wings, claws or even worse - necks in kite flying string. Once tangled they are suspended from the trees fighting for their lives, trying their best to untangle themselves. When someone notices these struggling birds and calls us, we deploy the D.A.R.T with a proficient team and specialised poles to rescue these birds, bring them to the ground, check for injuries and then decide if they need further treatment or can be released on the spot. When they do need further treatment, it is either for a broken wing, dehydration or other injuries. Once they are at the Wildlife Unit, we have special temperature regulated isolation boxes built for these birds where they can stay free of stress and have a conducive environment for recovery.
It is common to see parrots as pets in peoples homes. but most people are uninformed or unaware that keeping Indian Wildlife as pets is an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. As we work closely with the Maharashtra Forest Department, parrots that are seized by them or voluntarily relinquished end up with us for rehabilitation and whatever treatment they require. Once with us, we pair them with other parrots who display wild behaviour, which encourages them to form social bonds and groups following a subsequent release back into the wild, once all their captive behaviour has faded. These parrots require desensitisation from humans, and proper enrichment to bring out their wilder tendencies.
We treat a large number of orphan birds that have either fallen out of their nests and are abandoned by their mothers, or have become homeless due to tree felling, or have strayed into human homes and are unable to get back to their nests. Once at the Wildlife Unit, these birds are stabilised in special intensive care units, where our rehabilitators keep a close eye on them. These orphans require immense care, constant feed and proper enrichment to make sure that they don't have any deformities or deficiencies growing up. Each orphan requires specific attention and has different rehabilitation needs depending upon what kind of bird they are - water birds, raptors, land birds among a few. Each has different needs and a specific rehabilitation protocol.
Just like orphaned birds, adult injured birds that are admitted to the RESQ Wildlife Unit are placed in species-specific enclosures with adequate enrichment and room for flight or isolated units depending on their aliments. We have received Vultures and Owls and other birds with broken wings and seen them make beautiful recoveries though it requires a lot of time, constant check-ups to ensure recovery is on track, physio and laser treatments, along with large enough spaces so they can spread their wings and take short flights. Once they have met their specific rehabilitation milestones and are able to take flight in our aviary, they make their way back into the wild where they can take to the skies again.
The need of every bird that comes to us varies immensely, right from the kind of feed they require to the kind of enclosure they are kept in. Our experienced team of veterinarians rehabilitators and animal caretakers ensure that each bird that is admitted with us gets the best species-specific care they require for a swift recovery.