Bhubaneswar|8 Dec 2015
Twenty peacocks were found dead in the forest areas of Madhpur village in Khordha district of Odisha on Tuesday. Bodies of a crow, a pigeon and a crane were also found there.
Forest officials of Chandaka and Khordha forest divisions had rushed to the spot after the villagers informed them about the incident.
Cause of death of the birds is all in speculations till now. It will be confirmed after the report comes, said Chandaka DFO Akshya Pattnaik. However the forest officials don’t see much point in deliberate poisoning as a cause of death since crops collections from the fields in the area has been completed though the poisoning angle has not been entirely ruled out.Bird flu or some other diseases are also the stimulating sides for contemplation.
Bodies of the birds have been sent to Odisha University Of technology, OUAT for autopsy. From OUAT, the samples will be sent to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) of State Veterinary Department and National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSD) in Bhopal to find the reason behind the deaths, said a senior forest official.
Hundreds of peacocks are found there in that region of the forest divisions of Chandaka and Khordha.