I love Kite Flying but not at the cost of killing Kites. Trio Bird rescuers warn against the harmful Kite Thread.

salik rehman and saud

As you lay on the green meadow, you may spot some black-feathered birds hovering high above in the blue sky of summer. Their marginally forked tail vanishes when open. These are 'black kites,' the stealthy hunters, certainly a scavenger. These urban birds in Delhi, as the twirls of the many foragers, fill the blue skies, mainly where food is ample.

These predators, which may be found across the metropolis, along with the River Yamuna, running across Wazirabad, are so poisonous that some portions of the waterway hardly support aquatic ecosystems. There are many black kites in the city, but they are often killed by paper kites flying overhead. When the birds strike the razor thread required, called Maanja of kites, it slashes across their wings like knives. Maanja has been a severe hazard to flying birds for years, according to environmentalists. A deadly threat is harming birds at an alarming rate as more kite flyers flock to the sky. Ongoing Pandemic has undoubtedly raised injured bird cases to 300-400 per cent, with black kites representing the vast majority of injuries.

One day when scores of black Kites hectic core of the old Delhi soaring on puffs of warm moist air, three young faces, Mr. Salik Rehman, Mr. Mohammad Saud, and his brother Nadeem Shehzad, discovered a bird with a bloodied wings on the road near their home. Maanja, a cotton thread covered with colorful flakes of glass shards, had entangled the bird. As Mohammed Saud knelt over wounded black kites in his cellar, beneath the congested dirt roads of Wazirabad hamlet, he was determined to make a sacrifice that would spare these birds from extinction.

An Inspiring carton story

In a chipped, turquoise-painted walled room, the buzzing fan drowns the street noise overhead. A few seconds later, after staring at that black Kite in front of him, Saud folded its wing with his gloved hand. He observed a bird with a couple of muscles and fractured bones. A hazy limply leaned head of the bird accompanied gray eyes. Mr. Saud realized, "the case is now beyond hopes, and he had options left."

He placed the kite in a bit of carton. Mr. Saud's younger colleague, Salik Rehman, took a separate carton and put yet another one. Bandaging Kite's wing with a medical tape covered blood and pus.  The bandaged wing of this Kite with a medical tape coated with clotted blood & pus oozing; Mr. Saud gave it a cursory look. He determined that it was another lost case that would have to be killed.

Ten cartons surrounded them, each containing a black Kite collected earlier in the day by Mr. Rehman, Mr. Saud, and Mr. Saud's brother, Nadeem Shehzad, from veterinary clinics across old Delhi. Together with a part-time vet, three friends manage Wildlife Rescue, an avian rehab group that serves thousands of raptors annually. Since the beginning of Wildlife Rescue 20 years ago, the Sauds and Shehzad have dedicated their lives to the cause.

"It was some sense of civic duty," Mr. Shehzad shrugged. "If we don't start taking care of them, nobody will ever."

Trio sacrifice and asceticism to the max…

In the year 1997, Trio brought the wounded black Kite with a torn wing to the Charity Birds Hospital, which is the largest and the only few Jains' veterinary emergency clinics. However, despite this, the clinic refused to treat wounded black kites since the bird was predatory, and Jains do not assist meat-eaters. Mr. Shehzad was baffled at that point by this explanation. The triplet took the kite back to where they found it and wondered, "Why are vegans and non-vegetarians separated?".

refusal breeds confidence

As time went on, Mr. Shehzad and Mr. Saud began treating the injured birds independently with the help of a few neighborhood veterinarians. Their cellar in Wazirabad was where they brought on injured kites that they received from the Jain-claimed Charity Birds Hospital and other Jain clinics. The siblings have figured out how to swathe open wounds, pull apart tangled wings, and feed raptors crude fatty meat with their hands. Kites that were rehomed were raised three narrow stairways to the rooftop, where they met various other birds in varying stages of recovery, crammed into three steel cages. Kites that have been restored can use the open rooftop of the tallest enclosure as an entrance to reemerge into the city. Kites, sufficient to fly brief distances, roost in columns on roof soffits and window ledges close to the house. Mr. Shehzad and Mr. Saud have treated approximately 20,000 black kites during the last 20 years.

Often, the Trio spends over 12 hours in a day treating birds; Mr. Saud said he sometimes misses dinner because he is focusing so much on Kites and rarely finds time to play or do schoolwork with his child. Eventually, cost-effective Hardware, veterinarian, transportation, and in excess nearly five hundred pounds of meat consistently have all placed an additional financial burden on the family.

Their activity is funded entirely through the benefits of a dishwasher sprayer manufacturing business their family owns, which runs from a storm cellar adjacent to the small room piled with wounded birds. They receive virtually no assistance from the public authority; their award demands have been denied for various reasons, but Mr. Shehzad remains doubtful. Wildlife Rescue undoubtedly treats nonvegetarian birds differently than vegetarian birds, and so he was entirely sure somewhere. Occasionally, Tabassum Shehzad, his better half, helps with the bird care as well. Every expense is borne solely by them.

To save the lives of these dark kites, the Trio only has one piece of advice to pass on to Kite flyers: use saddi without glass instead of maanja.

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