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B'luru: 50 pigeons die of suspected poisoning

BENGALURU: Over 50 pigeons were discovered lifeless close to Doddaganapathi temple in Basavanagudi, south Bengaluru, on Friday morning.

Locals and flora and fauna volunteers suspect the birds died because of poisoning, although the government are yet to determine the same.

Pushpavathi R, a resident of Basavanagudi, instructed NewsTread that she, in conjunction with her walker buddies, noticed the carcasses of several pigeons within the open space close to the temple and at the footpath of Bull Temple Road. “It used to be round 7am. Some pigeons were suffering and perished by the point we sought assist. Onlookers had gathered around the carcasses, which have been round 50 to 60. We right away knowledgeable the corporator and flora and fauna volunteers from BBMP,” she added.

Venkatesh, a caretaker at the temple premises, mentioned by means of afternoon, they found lifeless pigeons on within sight roads and school premises as smartly.

BS Sathyanarayana, Basavanagudi corporator, confirmed the improvement and mentioned it generally is a case of poisoning. “Some of the walkers tested the grains strewn round and mentioned foul odor used to be emanating from them. We suspect foul play and a probe will be performed. Every day, many of us come right here to feed pigeons. We ensured the carcasses were buried safely to keep away from further issues,” he added.

Hemanth Kumar, well being inspector, Basavanagudi ward, mentioned they have accrued samples of pigeon carcasses and sent them to the laboratory for checking out. “Prima facie, it looks as if a case of poisoning in line with animal husbandry officials. Around 50 pigeons are lifeless,” he added.

Wildlife volunteer Sharath Babu mentioned those who feed birds will have to ensure that vessels used to store grains are continuously cleaned and hygiene is maintained. “Otherwise, it would finally end up poisoning the grains, resulting in hen deaths. We have to figure out what resulted in the deaths on this case,” he added.

No more pigeon feeding: Temple control

Following Friday’s incident, the control of Doddaganapathi Temple has suspended feeding of pigeons at the premises. Boards reading ‘Please don’t feed birds’ had been installed at strategic locations.

Omkarappa, executive officer of the temple control, mentioned folks come with sackful of grains, principally jowar and ragi, to feed pigeons right here. “Earlier, they used to feed the birds at the temple front inflicting inconvenience to guests. There were circumstances of pigeons getting hit by means of automobiles as smartly. Following folks’s requests, we allotted a space for feeding birds inside the park next to the temple a few years in the past. All used to be smartly till Friday. We have temporarily asked folks to not feed pigeons right here,” he added.

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