Kite flying, a tradition as a part of Sankranthi and a hobby for some has resulted
in the injuries of many birds. In 2019 we treated 102 manjha bird injuries, but in
2020 alone the number of rescues shot up to 177, which is nearly a 72% rise
compared to the previous year.
Manjha use usually escalates in the run-up to and after Sankranti every January,
but in 2020, we saw a substantial increase in the number of rescues especially
after the nationwide lockdown fell into place.
The cheap availability of transparent nylon string, despite it being banned by the
National Green Tribunal has precipitated matters. Manjha use comes with the
threat of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh or both.
Many a time, the cases that we get are birds with wing fracture, which is very
difficult to fix, as there is no technology to re-grow the broken bones.
Intramedullary pins are used to fix the broken bones and the technique ‘imping’
is used to replace the damage feathers. Till date we have rescued and treated
and released a total number black kites and we still get rescues call for at least
10 Manja cases in a single day.
Apart from these birds, there will be other smaller birds that are injured, but
because of their size, they are incapable of drawing people’s attention. They
mostly die of strangulation and starvation in the trees. These days, injured birds
are being found even at a height of 50 feet, which poses a big challenge during
Black kites, the scavengers of the city, are excellent garbage cleaners as they feed
on the carcasses of rats and other animals (which could be of potential harm to
the residents if left unattended) found around the city. As a result, we intend to
conduct a massive awareness drive all across the city about the importance of
We also aim to provide an utmost, uncompromised veterinary care and
sophisticated treatment for these injured birds.
To sustain our project till the end of May 2021, we need:
1) 28000/- for fuel cost
2) 270,000/- for Treatment
3) 2000/- for Animal Feeding
Which amounts to a total of Rs, 300000/- for 3 months
ABOUT THE NGO
PfA is a Non-Governmental Organisation located in Bangalore, India. We are
involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, displaced, and orphaned
Urban Wildlife. As of date, we have rescued over 27416 animals of 203 species -
birds, mammals, and reptiles, including several protected and endangered
species. At the core of our work is critical and rehabilitative Veterinary care. The
recovered animals are released back into their respective natural habitats and
the releases are done in concert with the state Forest Department. Apart from
Volunteer and Internship programs, we also actively conduct outreach
awareness and workshops in the city with various Communities and Schools.
We average about 10 -12 rescues of wild animals every single day, with injuries
such as electrocution, wing injuries, fractures, automobile collisions, etc hence
they require 24 x 7 surveillance with proper care and treatment, which our
veterinary team here at PfA attends to at any time of the day. We not only rescue and provide treatment to the animals but also rehabilitate them, which needs a lot of prior planning, structuration and sustenance like habitat and nutritional
enrichment to ensure their wildlife instincts are intact. Once the animal is
recovered and has undergone rehabilitation, we release the animals back into
the wild as per the guidelines issued by the Karnataka Forest Department.