From bird watchers to saviours, Velliarival Kokkan rescued in Cherai
Cherai: Youngsters from Edavanakkad rescued a bird trapped in nylon thread. Bird watchers Romi Maliekal and VV Sujeesh were behind the rescue of the Ibis crane, also known as the bald-headed crane, which hunts its prey in places where water level drops.
The bird watchers were at Tamaravattam to capture the images of the migratory birds and spotted a bird lying in the middle of the muddy field. The bird was identified to be Ibis crane after they made it through the muddy field with great difficulty. The bird was trapped in a nylon net tied across a shrimp farming field.
The bird was rescued and given first aid. The bird was unable to fly due to an injury on its wings. The bird will receive treatment and would be released once it recovers.
“Velliarival Kokkan” is another name for the bird. They travel long distance and can be identified easily using their beak, neck and legs, which are black in color. Their habit is to hunt in groups in places with low water bodies. The main source of food is small fishes, frogs, snakes and small mussels.