Hyderabad: About 30 peacocks in LB Nagar were feeling the heat this summer, with their natural habitat under threat. That is, till IT Minister KT Rama Rao intervened and asked Forest officials to shift the peacocks to a safer place.
The feral peacocks have been a fixture at the spot for more than a decade. However, felling of trees in the area in the last few months has posed a threat to them, according to animal lovers.
It was then that Rajender Karpuram, a resident of LB Nagar and a member of the Peacock Protection Committee wrote to the Minister asking for steps for more plantations in the area or to shift the birds to better places like the nearby Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park or the Nehru Zoological Park.
“A lot of trees were felled in the area in the last few months for construction of apartments. Deforestation was posing a threat to around 50 peacocks. That’s when we locals decided to highlight the issue with higher officials,” Rajendar said.
The Minister, who responded quite quickly, directed Forest officials to look into the matter, following which officials have assured that the peacocks will be shifted to a safer place in the next few days.
“Peacocks can become dehydrated very easily, which can result in quick death too. People passing through the road can hear the shrieking sound of peacocks at high decibels. They are also in danger from stray dogs,” Rajender said.
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