Forest officials travel across Pathanamthitta district, save eagle injured by fishing hook
Thiruvalla: A Forest Rapid Response Team from Ranni travelled across Pathanamthitta district on Thursday in an effort to save an injured eagle.
The bird injured its legs after a hook, used in a modern fishing line placed in Pamba river, pierced through its legs while it tried to catch the bait on the fishing line.
The incident took place at Valanjavattom area on Wednesday morning. Hearing the cries of the bird, locals who rushed to the spot found the eagle with its legs trapped on the fishing line.
The eagle tried to catch the bait on the end of the fishing line thinking that it was a real fish. When the bird tried to clutch the bait with its talons, the iron fishing hooks pierced through its legs.
The locals alerted forest officials who arrived at the spot with a cage. They took the bird to the Thiruvalla fire and rescue service office. Fire fighters were able to cut and remove the hook on the eagle’s left leg by 3.30 pm. However, two other hooks on the fishing line had pierce through the flesh on the eagle’s right leg. The fire force officials were unable to remove them.
The eagle was then taken to a bird observatory at Manjadi by 3.45 pm. However, the doctors there said that the hooks could be removed only through a surgery.
Finally, the eagle was taken to the district veterinary hospital where doctors removed the hooks through surgery. Doctors prescribed three-day medication for the eagle and it was shifted to the forest office in Ranni.
Forest officials said the eagle will be released back into the forest after it regains its health and strength.