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9 vultures released after recovering from poisoning in Assam

Press Trust of India  |  Chengeligaon 

Nine vultures, infected a month ago, were today released into their habitat at Chengeligaon of Assam's Tinsukia district after they were treated and rehabilitated from carcass poisoning.

The surviving scavengers include seven Himalayan griffons, one slender bill and one white-rumped vulture, said WTI Awareness for Conservation Assistant Manager Subhamoy Bhattacharjee.

Following a decision of the Assam Forest Department, the nine vultures which survived poisoning and were out of danger,were released by the Eastern Assam Mobile Veterinary Service (MVS) unit of International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI).

The vultures were set free into their habitat in presence of the Eastern Assam MVS team along with officials of Assam Forest Department, conservationists and villagers of Chengeligaon.

Bhattacharjee said the vultures were victims of carcass poisoning, which resulted in the death of 31 endangered vultures on March 4 at Chengeligaon.

The surviving vultures were under observation of the Eastern Assam MVS unit at Na-Barmura campus in Saikhowa Forest Range.

Tinsukia Wildlife Division Forest Officer M K Dhar said at an awareness meet today that the "recovery of the poisoned vultures is a great success of IFAW-WTI MVS team and the forest department. I appeal to the villagers that if you find any such case, please inform the department as soon as possible to conserve the endangered bird species.

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First Published: Fri, March 13 2015. 20:28 IST