News of the outbreak reached the Sindh Wildlife department when the local natives came over with the dead birds and apprised the authorities of the weird circumstances.
Scores of birds have reported to have been dead although the government officials deny the severity of the outbreak as portrayed by the media. One of the major reason cited for the swiftness of the outbreak is the lack of immunity among the birds. Delayed Monsoon and lack of vegetation has severly afected the strenght of the birds thereby reducing their immunity towards diseases.
Newcastle disease is a worldwide problem among birds and sporadic outbreaks can occur frequently. Thar Desert is home of at least a strong 30,000 wild Peacocks adding to the biodiversity and the beauty of the region.
Sindh Wildlife Minister Dr Daya Ram Essarani has strongly denied the death of 100 birds as reported by the local media earlier.
The Minister however, also admitted that there were no facilities for remedial measures within the Wildlife department and therefore help was sought from the Animal Husbandry department.
He added, “The wildlife department has no doctor of its own. Therefore, we sought the help of vets of the animal husbandry department. The animal husbandry department also provided medicines which are sufficient for treating 30,000 peacocks,”
The Thar desert is also home of no fewer than 141 migratory and resident birds which includes eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus), Tawny Eagles (Aquila rapax), Spotted Eagles (Aquila clanga), Laggar Falcons (Falco jugger) and kestrels.
Indian Peafowl (Peacock) is one of the most magnificent and prominent birds in the desert and can be often spotted sitting on trees and around villages.