Breeding colony in Great Rann of Kutch: 250 flamingo chicks stuck in mud rescued, reunited with flock

By: Express News Service | Rajkot |

Updated: December 14, 2020 10:43:06 am

Due to the difficult terrain, it took the forest officials three days to rescue the flamingo chicks. (Courtesy: Gujarat Forest Department)

Over 250 chicks of greater flamingos separated from their flock and stuck in mud at a breeding colony in Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) were rescued and reunited with their flock after a three-day-long operation, forest department officials said on Sunday.

Forest officials got an alert three days ago from the Border Security Force (BSF) about separated and stranded young ones of greater flamingos near the Indo-Pakistan Boarder in GRK.

“When we reached the colony, we found a huge flock of flamingo chicks. Further deep towards the border, we found stray chicks stuck in mud, apparently separated from the flock. Our teams undertook rescue operation from Thursday and by Saturday, we rescued and reunited more than 250 chicks with the larger flock,” Chetan Patel, range forest officer (RFO) of Rapar in Kutch (east) territorial forest division, said.

Patel said the nesting colony was around 60 km away from Flamingo City. “The nesting colony is on the periphery of Kutch Desert Sanctuary. It appears there was a large-scale breeding by greater flamingos in that area. After hatching…

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