Saving peacocks of Thar

Published Oct 29, 2010 06:31am

PEACOCKS, one of the most beautiful birds in the world, are luckily available in good numbers in the Tharparkar area of Sindh.

Nevertheless, the arrival of even limited electricity (only 250 out of 2,300 villages so far have electricity) has become a death knell for the beautiful birds that are already on the verge of extinction.

It is our duty to save these rare birds from unnatural death.

In Thar, as soon as they sit on electric transformers and live wires, they die within seconds due to electric shocks. It is seen that numerous peacocks gather around the body of the dead peacock apparently to mourn.

It has also been reported that in the Maalahnor Neanh village six peacocks died of electric shocks within a short span of four months.

If all electric wires and transformers are properly covered, the precious lives of the rare birds could be saved. The WWF should approach electricity authorities and the Sindh government to help save these rare birds.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL

Karachi

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