Mumbai: Heat wave takes a toll on birds

As the summer months are in progress, Mumbai had witnessed a spike in temperatures during the last few days. Temperatures have hovered around three to four degrees Celsius above normal and they had peaked at 40 degrees in the last week of February. Mumbaikars are not the only ones being affected by the onslaught of this heat, birds and animals have also been at the receiving end

Mumbai: Heat wave takes a toll on birds
Image used for representational purposes only

Since the last two months around 350 to 400 birds have been treated at Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals in Parel. Among the species of birds – pigeon, doves, cuckoos, crows, owls, parrots and seabirds have been most affected with heat related issues.  These birds can suffer from fever, skin diseases, vomiting and dizziness due to excessive heat.

Speaking with My Medical Mantra, Dr J C Khanna, secretary of the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals, said, “Due to the rising heat, birds face problems such as dehydration. Many animals and birds are affected due to the reduced water content inside their bodies. Since February, 350 to 400 birds have been treated at the hospital. Among animals being treated the number of birds being treated is higher.”

He further added, “The number of pigeons being treated is 60 to 65 per cent. The number of other birds being treated is 30 to 35 per cent. The birds are administered antibiotics and glucose as treatment. After they are treated, they are released to fly.”

Dr Sanjay Tripati, Director of Veer Jijamata Udyan (Byculla Zoo) said, “Special attention has been given, to protect and treat animals and birds from the summer heat. Animals and birds change their diet in summer to adjust to the heat. At the zoo, we give the birds and animals watermelon juice, carrot juice and sweet lime juice and other cooling foods. And if any animals are sick, we show them to the doctor.”