The Heyvan Times brings you a weekly dose of news on animal affairs from across India, curated specially for animal buffs like us. Here are the top 5 of this week.
1. Mumbai society slaps Rs 3.6 L fine on woman for feeding Indies
The Nisarg Heaven Society in Kandivali has slapped one of its residents, Neha Datwani, a fine of Rs 3. 6 lakhs. And her crime was that she was feeding the Indies on the premises. While the managing committee of the society alleges that these dogs are strays, Neha says they were born inside the community. 98% of the society residents have passed a resolution against her; she was first fined Rs 2,500 for feeding the dogs in July last year. The News Bytes report says Neha was penalised Rs 75,000 per month thereafter, which finally totalled up to Rs 3.6 lakhs this March. Neha says she fed the fogs on humanitarian grounds and would cough up the fine and leave the Society and Mumbai soon.
2. 26 cattle of the 123 rescued die in Maharashtra
On April 19, seven mini trucks were stuffed with 123 cattle including bullocks and cows and illegally transported to Telangana. Thankfully, the Virur police intercepted the vehicles and contacted Ujjwal Gaurakshan Sanstha in Nagpur to take care of the rescued cattle. But they were sent to the shelter in the same condition in those seven mini-trucks. As a result, 26 cattle died and 12 others are critical, a Times of India report claims. Himmatbhai Shah, secretary of the shelter, said the trucks could barely hold three cattle but were inhumanely stuffed, which is why 23 of the cattle were brought dead.
3. Warangal zoo to get more big cats
The Kakatiya Zoo in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, is gearing up to be home to more big cats. It brought two leopards in March 2017, according to reports, which started to draw in big crowds. They placed requests to the Central Zoo Authority for a pair of tigers a long time before. The upgradation for tiger enclosure is underway. The zoo authorities claim that it received 2000 visitors per day since the leopards arrived and earned seven lakh rupees per month. It houses 380 animals in all.
4. Jumbos stranded on NH 121, raid forest department
Frustrated with vehicular traffic blocking their way on National Highway 121, a group of 10 pachyderms demolished a wall of the forest department at Mohaan, in Ramnagar tehsil near Nainital, on the night of April 27. The report by the Times of India quoted a conservationist who also happened to be a witness saying that the jumbos came from the Ramnagar division and were moving towards the Corbett Tiger Reserve when they got stranded on the highway because of the traffic pile-up. AG Ansari, the conservationist, also said that the smell of wheat flour attracted them and they headed towards Mohaan post and raided it. The jumbos move from one forest area to the other in search of food and shelter or to reach out to one of their own and the department is considering proposing a dedicated elephant corridor to facilitate this.
5. Big cats entering villages in search of water ups man-animal conflict in Maharashtra
The last week of April witnessed a horrific man-animal conflict when a tiger mauled a 45-year-old resident of Jatlapur village in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra. The man died and the state authorities say 12 people have already been killed by tigers and leopards in this district this year. And they blame the drought for this. Most parts of the state have already been hit by drought and wild animals like tigers and leopards are moving out of the forest areas into the nearby villages of Andhari-Tadoba reserved forest, says a report by The Tribune. Local villagers bordering the forest have reported sightings of the big cats to the forest officials as well and the latter claim that this is contributing to the increasing man-animal conflict in the area.
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