Assisted by nature enthusiasts from NGOs, Forest officials from Coimbatore Range on Wednesday rescued six rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula Krameri), an Afro-Asian bird, from a vendor who was selling wildlife in his pet shop.
Following information, the Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, V.T. Kandasamy and District Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu constituted special teams.
The team led by Forest Range Officer S.M. Natarajan, assisted by R. Mohammed Saleem of Environment Conservation Group, N.I. Jalaludeen and Nidhyan of Nature Conservation Society, raided a pet shop in Singanallur and found the vendor selling rose-ringed parakeets listed under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
A random check of pet shops in and around Singanallur revealed that the shopkeepers were aware of the illegality of trading wildlife species. The rescue of birds has come close on the heels of World Wildlife Week celebrations that concluded very recently.
Forest officials seized the birds and took the seller Anandakumar (28) into custody. He was levied a fine of Rs. 5,000 for selling wildlife species.
Mr. Thirunavukkarasu said that possession and trading of wildlife is an offence.
Officials said that the wings of the parakeets were clipped to restrict their flying ability considering the size of the cage. Hence, the parakeets will be nursed at the District Forest Office for a week and would later be released into an ideal habitat.