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The owl that could not fly is now an expert in the air

The owl that could not fly is now an expert in the air

We have featured the story of the Eurasian Eagle Owl several times during the year. This beautiful bird had been rescued in a forested area and brought to the Bombay SPCA hospital by PAWS (an NGO). The bird was unable to fly but no injury or other problem could be detected.

 

After two months in the hospital, it was agreed to let Gavin, a young engineer with a passion for raptors, see if he could help the bird. With the required permissions obtained, the owl was sent for flying lessons. Gavin had a very large pen made for the bird and encouraged it to try to take off from perches at different heights and positions. Various foods were offered to it and the bird would be at one side of the pen and the food at the other. Over a period of 7 months the owl gained confidence and was finally persuaded to take off.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014 the doors of the pen were kept open and food was left both inside and outside the pen. This was in the darkness of night. He came out and took some tentative steps and then flew to the top of his pen and then to a structure nearby. The next day he could be heard in some trees near his old home. For the sake of the owl had to be encouraged to fend for himself. There is a river nearby and a small forested area, so we hoped he would have been able to find enough food.

Having spent so much time with the bird, Gavin was a bit sad that he is unlikely to be interacting with the owl again. At the same time he was happy that he has been able to help the owl return to jungle life.

BSPCA is grateful to everyone who has helped in the project particularly Dr Percy Avary and Gavin D’Souza.

Shera lying prostrate in a ward at the Bombay SPCA hospital.

Shera lying prostrate in a ward at the Bombay SPCA hospital

An abandoned and injured horse was found lying helpless near Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, in Andheri (W) on May 20. The horse was unable to get up. When animal lover, Ganesh Nayak, of NGO Animals Matter To Me, came to the site, he was told that the horse had been lying there since early morning. He called the horse Shera. PETA and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jaywant Welling, organised a crane and a tempo to transport the horse to the Bombay SPCA. The horse had a serious spinal injury, caused possibly by an accident or fall. The owner should have been prosecuted for abandoning the animal.

Eurasian Eagle Owl doing well

Eurasian Eagle Owl doing well

The Eurasian Eagle Owl that was unable to fly and is being rehabilitated by experienced raptor handler, Gavin Desouza, is doing well. It is a large bird and requires an adequately large space in which to attempt flying.

The flight pen is being completed and he will be encouraged to attempt flying soon. In the flight pen, he is safe from other predators. He has already started hunting on this own and catching mice and rats. The live food supply is limited and Gavin keeps some fresh chopped meat available, in case the bird gets hungry.

Monkey business

Monkey business

Currently two baby monkeys are being given tender loving care by an animal loving, committee member. Soon they will be sent to Pune, for survival traning in the wild. Currently they are keen on examining all pockets and bags, looking for things to eat or play with.

Fickle –minded owners are abandoning pedigree pets!

Fickle –minded owners are abandoning pedigree pets!

BSPCA wants owners to commit to continued care for their pets. Less than a month ago an abandoned Great Dane was rescued by the BSPCA. It was in a starved and dehydrated condition and could hardly move its’ head.

 

Now the dog has put on some weight and greets two legged friends by jumping on them and putting its’ forelegs on their shoulders. The welcome is not always appreciated. A St. Bernard was found in the first week of November in the Lalbaugh area. It was in a distressed state and had two large maggot wounds one on its neck and another under its tail.

The dog is about two years old and was admitted to the BSPCA’s surgical ICU unit which is air conditioned. St. Bernards are used to cold climates and were in fact kept by monks of the St. Bernard’s Hospice, in the Swiss Alps, to rescue travelers who fell, or got lost in the snow. They carried a small container of brandy to help revive those they rescued. It is sad to see the same breed of dogs just dumped on the city streets, left to find their own food and water.

This raises the issue of people adopting large dogs but not taking any measures for their wellbeing. Owners have to accept that bought or adopted dogs, are family members and larger dogs lead to larger responsibilities.

Good News: The St. Bernard has been adopted by Abhishek of Mazagaon who will have the maggot wounds taken care of by a private veterinarian.

The Great Dane has also been adopted. So perhaps his two legged greeting did the trick. Both dogs are good natured and affectionate. We hope they will be loved and well looked after. Thank you DNA for highlighting the problem of abandoned dogs, particularly large pedigree ones.

Animal lovers reach out to save Olive Ridley Turtles

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Olive Ridely turtles are hard to find along the west coast of India. Yet BSPCA rescued not one, but two grievously injured turtles on June 18, 2013. Alert individuals, police officer Mr Adesh Mote and Mr Silesh Mehta spotted the turtles at Worli Seaface.

 

Mumbai and went out of their way to ensure they were safely admitted in the hospital. One turtle had lost its fore flipper and the other had probably been entangled in a deep sea trawler net.

Bombay SPCA doesn't receive marine animals often but the hospital doctors took all the necessary steps to ensure speedy recovery of the marine turtles. With the help of specialist marine life volunteers, an environment was made similar to their natural habitat. They were put in paddle pools that contained fresh water, a small quantity of sea water and the right mix of marine salt. The turtles adjusted very well to the new surroundings and started moving more freely and took more interest in food.

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Finally the turtles were transferred to the Forest Department turtle sanctuary in Dahanu thanks to arrangements made by Honorary Wild Life Warden, Mayur Kamath. BSPCA would like to thank volunteers Vineet Gharat and Dr. Shiwani Tandel for their support in this rescue operation.

Let’s commit to our pets!

Let’s commit to our pets!

BSPCA has taken charge of this Great Dane that was abandoned at its premises. His previous owners starved him till he was only skin and bones, even lifting his head requiring a lot of effort. This raises the issue of people adopting large dogs but not taking any measures for their well-being. Owners have to learn to accept the dogs as a family member and that larger dogs lead to larger responsibilities.

Rescued rare himalayan vulture responds to treatment

Rescued rare himalayan vulture responds to treatment

Currently the BSPCA is looking after a young Himalayan Griffon Vulture. The bird was rescued by Forest Guard, Nilesh Chandokar, who found it in the Phansad Sanctuary in Raigad District.

 

It was dehydrated and in a “near to death” condition. It was rushed to Mumbai under the care of Mumbai Veterinary College doctors at the BSPCA hospital. Immediate action was taken to rehydrate it and take care of other problems. This was in the last week of January.

The condition of the vulture, is steadily improving. Dr. Percy Avari, Assistant Professor, of the Poultry Department and his assistant Dr. Ankeeta, supervise the food, general care and all medication. It is hoped that it will, in due course, be able to fend for itself in the wild. Vultures do not kill for food but feed off dead creatures that die naturally or have been killed. The hospital patient is a juvenile and is fed on chickens, which are carefully selected, to ensure that the young bird is not exposed to any harmful

The condition of the vulture, is steadily improving. Dr. Percy Avari, Assistant Professor, of the Poultry Department and his assistant Dr. Ankeeta, supervise the food, general care and all medication. It is hoped that it will, in due course, be able to fend for itself in the wild. Vultures do not kill for food but feed off dead creatures that die naturally or have been killed. The hospital patient is a juvenile and is fed on chickens, which are carefully selected, to ensure that the young bird is not exposed to any harmful bacteria.

What is a Himalayan bird doing in Raigad? Himalayan birds do migrate to escape the harsh winters but this one could have just come too far south and found it did not have access to suitable food and water. Climate change may also have had something to do with it. Fortunately he was seen and rescued just in time. The vultures seen in India are usually the Red-headed ones.

Everyone is keen that the vulture should survive and the Conservator of Forests, Thane, Mr. A.J. Kamble thinks it should be released where it was found, in the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary. The problem will be to ensure that it gets enough food and water.

We are happy to report that the Himalayan Griffon was released on Thursday, 1st May in the sanctuary in which he was found. He has been ringed so will be easy to identify. He was transported in a special wooden crate and travelled by car with a familiar human, his doctor. On being released he flew off to the top of a tree. The area has vultures and it is hoped he will mix with them and survive.

Sixty New Residents

Sixty New Residents

Sixty healthy, large birds, with good appetites, suddenly became guests of the BSPCA. Three cane baskets, one containing 20 geese, the second 20 large ducks and the third twenty Guinea Fowl, were being transported in the city. They were spotted by bird lovers.

 

A senior Police Inspector was requested to take action. He had them confiscated as they were travelling in very crowded and cramped conditions. The owner was charge sheeted. The court had the birds placed in the care of the Bombay SPCA, till such time as the case on the matter was heard.

Sixty New Residents

At the hospital, the birds were released from the baskets and confined to an area that had water and grass and from which they were unlikely to escape. Their constant need for green food kept the kitchen department busy. What had been a green lawn was soon reduced to a brown one.

The case was heard recently and the birds have now been sent to a sanctuary selected by the bird lovers, who had first noticed their plight.

BSPCA Inspectors rescued Star Tortoises

BSPCA Inspectors rescued Star Tortoises

Parakeets were found during a raid in Crawford Market on 22nd September 2012. These are protected wildlife and it is an offence to keep or sell Star Tortoises. These are often kept in terrible crowded conditions, sometimes all stuffed together in shopping bags. Many die.

Res Parakeet

Res Parakeet

Those selling the wild life were charged at the MRA Police Station and the rescued birds and tortoises were taken to the BSPCA hospital.

Calf with both hind legs fractured

Calf with both hind legs fractured

Maggot wound cases and traffic accidents appear to multiply during the rainy season. The cattle ward soon fills up with desperate cases of stray cows or bullocks with broken limbs or backs. Currently six head of cattle lie prostrate in the ward, including a calf with both hind legs fractured, most of them injured in traffic accidents.

Calf with both hind legs fractured

Maggot wounds, if discovered and treated early, need not be life threatening but if neglected can grow quickly and take weeks to heal. The canine wards also fill up with maggot wound cases and the less serious cases have to be accommodated along covered verandas. The cat ward too gets rather full. The BSPCA policy is never to refuse help for a sick or injured animal and the staff do their best to provide all the assistance they can.

Young donkey, rescued from highway, is now at the BSPCA hospital.He appears to be fit and well.

Young donkey, rescued from highway

On his way home on a rainy evening in September, Jaideep Kanoria spotted a young donkey perched on the central section of the highway, near Borivli. It was very wet and looked scared.

Realizing that the animal was unable to reach the safety of either side of the highway he decided to try to help it and started to call every possible concerned organisation starting with the Police. Nobody showed any concern or willingness to help. True, it was late in the evening and raining. Finally he was lucky enough to contact Sailesh Mehta, an animal lover. He in turn organised an ambulance to pick up the animal and take it to the BSPCA hospital in Parel.

The young donkey was rubbed down, fed and watered and appears to be fine. Thank you Sailesh Mehta and Jaideep Kanoria.

Is this where your milk comes from?

Is this where your milk comes from?

BSPCA Inspectors raided this open air dairy in the Khar pipeline area this month, on June 6. There appears to be no provision for food or water for the animals. There were five cows and three calves all tied on short ropes. The owner, Mr. U.K. Yadav was taken to the Nirmal Nagar Police Station and charge sheeted vide LAC No.676/2012 under PCA Act 1960. He was caught in the act of milking a cow. He had broken all the laws covering the care of animals used for milking and keeping cattle in the city.

Better conditions for chickens

Better conditions for chickens

The BSPCA Inspectors are always on the lookout for shops selling live fowl. They make it a point to check and see how the birds are being treated. On June 16, BSPCA Field staff charge sheeted workers mishandling chickens in the MRA Marg area and registered the case with the local Police Station. The culprits had been holding several birds together, upside down, for a long period of time.

Calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old when a scooter hit it

Calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old when a scooter hit it

This calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old when a scooter hit it. An animal lover arranged for it to be sent to the Bombay SPCA hospital at Parel. Unfortunately the accident caused an injury making it necessary for the lower section of the leg to be amputated.

Calf from Lonavla was hardly a week old when a scooter hit it

A prosthesis has been designed to enable the calf to walk. This takes some time to get used to and means regular adjustments for it to fit properly. It is felt that as the calf comes from a small built, local hill breed, it will not grow very much, and adjustments may soon not be necessary.

Donkey foal recovering from a fractured leg

Donkey foal recovering from a fractured leg

-Donkey foal recovering from a fractured leg. After several weeks in a plaster cast it can now stand on four legs, but is yet to gain strength.

BSPCA field force raid Crawford Market pet shops

BSPCA field force raid Crawford Market pet shops

IInspectors of the Bombay SPCA Field staff raided pet shops in Crawford Market in April. They found these young parakeets jammed into a box and a bag in which they could easily have suffocated. The shop owner was charge sheeted at the Mata Ambai Police Station by the Inspectors.

BSPCA field force raid Crawford Market pet shops

BSPCA field force raid Crawford Market pet shops

These turtles were loaded one on top of the other in the carry bag. This brutal way of carrying and handling the poor creatures deserves punishment. Bombay SPCA Inspectors discovered the turtles during a surprise raid at Crawford Market. The owner was charge sheeted for the illegal sale of these animals and for the way they were kept.

Cruelty to chickens

Cruelty to chickens

Rafique T. Quereshi was charge sheeted for handling chickens in a cruel way. The Bombay SPCA has an on-going campaign to change the way in which chickens are handled in local shops.

Bullocks in a poor condition

Bullocks in a poor condition

Mr. Raj Narayan is a bullock cart owner. He was recently charged sheeted for using his bullocks when they were in a poor condition, with soars on their necks, at Wadala Police Station.

Cruelty to chickens

Cruelty to chickens

Mr. Juman Mansingh was treating his chickens in a needlessly cruel way. The method of handling was unacceptable. He was charged with cruelty to chickens at the Kala Chkowkie Police Station.

Cows were being kept without shelter

Cows were being kept without shelter

These cows were being kept without shelter or arrangements for food and water. The owner Mr. Anil Prasad Ram Yadav is seen milking one of the cows in a most unhygienic place. He was charged at the Shivaji Nagar Police Station.

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