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Thar peacocks: Death toll rises to 120

July 30, 2012 - Updated 119 PKT
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KARACHI: There seems no end to peacocks dying in the Thar Desert, as 30 more struck by the epidemic disease called ‘Ranikhet’ perished, taking the toll to 120 during last 22 days, Geo News reported.


Denying media reports of such large number of peacocks falling prey to ‘Ranikhet’, Wildlife department officials said that only 9 peacocks have died so far. They said that four teams constituted on the directive of provincial minister wildlife accompanied by one doctor only currently dispensing medicines to the suffering peacocks, which has by now spread over to 40 villages of the district Tharparkar and this was confirmed by minister wildlife himself, yet the officials underrated the onslaught of this viral disease taking heavy toll.


Reader Comments
For God's sake save them. This disease goes from our local fowls to the wild fowls. This is the result of being careless with out domestic fowl that this disease then moves to villages and wild life. Peacocks are beautiful birds. Their flight is so good to watch too. In our neighborhood wild life is brimming, the forests are full of wild life and we have here lost it. Those forest officers who do not perform must be sacked.

Peer Sain
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