MUMBAI: A white-throated kingfisher bird (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) which was desperately stuck in a powerful glue pad that is used to trap rodents, was recently rescued by animal activists and later set free again after painstakingly removing all the adhesive material from its body.
“This colorful kingfisher was first noticed on a glue trap at Dahisar by our volunteer, Fenil Heniya, at a housing society garden in Dahisar recently. The bird was under tremendous stress as its beak and feathers were badly stuck. More the bird tried to set itself free, the deeper it got trapped in this deadly glue which is often used to catch mice,” said activist Sunish Subramanian of Plant and Animals Welfare Society (PAWS-Mumbai), which works along with the vets and volunteers of Amma Care Foundation (ACF) for animal welfare.
He further stated that the honorary wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Manish Pingle, had to work on this case for over two hours just to remove all the glue stuck on the bird while making sure that it did not damage or rip apart its tender feathers.
“After fully removing the kingfisher from the glue pad, we informed the forest officials. It had to be nursed by our team members Abhijeet Sawant and Siddhesh Thavre for over four days before the bird was strong and fit enough to be released back in the wild. In the past too, several small mammals and birds have got themselves trapped in such glue pads. Sometimes the birds can also die if their faces are fully buried into the glue surface,” said Subramanian.
Earlier, the NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA India) have also requested the authorities to ban such cruel glue pads used to catch rats, since there is a lot of animal cruelty involved in such devices. “Sometimes, the trapped animal even tries to chew off its own limbs in order to escape this terrible glue trap. There are more humane ways to undertake pest control,” said another member of PAWS-Mumbai.