A juvenile Royal Snake and a fledgling kite were rescued by Wildlife SOS from the Delhi Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) located in Civil Lines, North Delhi.
As per Wildlife SOS officials, both animals were kept under observation and later released back into their natural habitat. The snake was a juvenile as it had pale brown patches and lacked the distinct irregular black markings that adult royal snakes have on their body.
“Around the same time, the security personnel stumbled upon afledging kite in the lawns. The birdhad collapsed due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Both animals were kept under observation for a few hours and were later released back into the wild,” said a rescue team member.
Wasim Akram, Deputy Director-Special Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “The rising temperature has also taken a toll on the avian population. With summers fast approaching, we are gravely concerned about the effect it will have on them. Most of these birds are still young and easily fall victim to the sweltering heatdue to dehydration, exhaustion and lack of shade.”
Notably, fledgling and juvenile birds are unable to fly for long as the scorching heat drains them of all their energy.
“Wildlife SOS has received an increasing number of calls about birdssuffering from similar symptoms in this month, including a kite from the metro tracks running between Botanical Gardens and Okhla Bird Sanctuary Metro station,” said Wildlife officials.