The sudden and mysterious death of 21 Himalayan Griffon vultures in a village in Haldwani has come off has quite a shocker to the Uttarakhand wildlife department and many other animal activists groups in India.
Himalayan Griffon vultures are known to be one of the rarest and endangered species of birds and have been spotted in the state after many years of wait.
Many bird lovers and people of the wildlife department were excited to spot the endangered birds, but when the birds were spotted, they were found at Nadehi village near Jaspur in strangte bleeding conditions, according to reports.
While seventeen of the birds died on the spot, more three died on the way to the vet hospital in Nainital zoo. The last bird also died at the hospital.
Kumaon region’s chief conservator of forests, Paramjeet Singh, said the death comes as a shock, and it is preliminarily presumed that the birds were exposed to Diclofenac, a banned veterinary painkiller.
The vultures had reportedly fed on a buffalo carcass. He also mentioned that large packets of the drug is still available in the market, although the single shots are rare to find.
The carcasses to the Himalayan Griffon vultures were sent to Pinjore’s Vulture Breeding Centre, while the viscera has been sent to Pantnagar’s Veterinary Science Centre to identify the exact reason behind the deaths.
Reports are awaited in a month. While it the painkiller is among the main suspected causes, it is also being speculated if the buffalo had any serious infection, which killed the vultures.