Peacock found dead in Erragadda area

Sat 14 Dec 2019, 11:32:00
A peacock was found dead on the road at Erragadda in SR Nagar here on Friday. It is suspected that the bird could have died due to a cardiac arrest.

A passenger passing by the route in a bus from the city to Siddipet found the bird lying dead near a temple near ESI Hospital around the noon and informed the police via Dial 100 facility, following which the SR Nagar mobile patrol vehicle staff reached the spot.

Though officials initially thought the bird could have died after being hit by vehicles when it came on to the road, however, they found no injuries on the body.

“The body was intact and stiff and there were no external injuries. We called the Forest Department officials and handed over the bird to them,” SR Nagar police officials said, adding that Forest officials would investigate the cause of death.

Mahesh Kumar, a Wildlife Associate from the Anti-Poaching Rescue Team said the bird most likely went into shock and subsequent cardiac arrest.

“It was on the main road and there are chances of vehicles including heavy ones like buses and trucks honking. These sudden and loud sounds of vehicles in the surrounding could have led to a shock,” Mahesh said, adding that peacock and deer were extremely sensitive, and, could easily go into shock due to loud sounds or human activity. Their blood pressure and heartbeat increases drastically in such situations.

“We have done several rescue operations including those of peacocks until now. Usually the public or police call us and inform about any injured peacock in their surroundings and we rescue them. Sometimes they die while being taken to safety due to shock,” he said.

Officials said the peacock could have come from the Government General and Chest Hospital in Erragadda in search of food on to the road.

“There are an estimated number of around 50 peacocks and peahens in the hospital premises. They sometimes come out during sunrise in search of food, the official said.

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