Golden eagle dies, ‘suspicious of consuming insecticide’

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Imphal: Forest officer mourns the death of a ‘well grown’ Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos) which was ‘suspicious’ of consuming insecticide used by bird poachers in trying to net birds.

The eagle was handed over to the forest department by a person from Wangoo, Sagolsem Gigin on Sunday.

The bird which rarely migrates in Manipur was very weak when it was handed over to the department, assistant conservator of forest N. Munal Meitei said. It died late at night.

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The eagle was found unable to fly by children who were playing in a paddy field of the village. “The department officials tried to save the bird. But the effort went in vain. It vomited blood as if it had consumed a poisonous substance,” Munal said.

It is suspicious that bird poachers might have used poison while netting for birds, he added. He appealed to the people not to net birds and use insecticides to catch birds so as to protect rare birds in the state.

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The birds have the right to live on this earth. Without birds and animals humankind will not survive, he said. Cautioning that there is law to protect birds and animals Munal urged the people to love them and support to protect them.

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