Apr 29, 2015
PILIBHIT: A blackbuck was hit by a speeding vehicle on national highway-74 (Haridwar-Bareilly) near Shahi village on Tuesday morning. The animal broke both its hind legs in the accident and lay there bleeding for hours because the rescue team could not reach on time due to unavailability of transport.The chances of the blackbuck’s survival are, however, bleak, said Dr Bijendra Singh, deputy chief veterinary officer, who gave the animal first aid after it was rescued. “Creatures of the deer family are very delicate and get easily shocked. In case any part of their body is injured or mutilated, as in this case, they need immediate surgical care or the amputated veins can die,” he added. According to reports, the injured animal was spotted at around 10am by a loca resident, Rashid Noor, passing by the route. He stopped and informed the Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Society (WBCS), who brought the matter to the notice of the divisional forest officer of PTR, Kailash Prakash, and director of social forestry, Adarsh Kumar.
“The social forestry team, however, took over an hour to reach the spot, which was just 12 km from their office. The animal was taken to the district veterinary hospital in a jeep and its legs were fastened with a rope, so it wouldn’t move,” said Amitabh Agnihotri, president WBCS. Dr Bijendra Singh, referred the animal to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly after giving him first aid. The entire incident has brought to light the negligence of state authorities towards providing a proper infrastructure for care of animals in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve as well as the lack of knowledge amongst forest officials on how to deal with injured animals. Environmentalists and wildlife experts have expressed great concern over complete lack of any facility for treatment of wild creatures or the presence of a qualified animal surgeon at Pilibhit. “The department does not have any ambulance to ensure immediate help to animals in case of injury. The department has also not been provided with any other vehicle meant just to pick up injured animals. The jeep that picked up the blackbuck was arranged with the help of WWF and therefore it took time,” said Adarsh Kumar. He added that the department has not been sanctioned funds to cater for the treatment of injured animals. “All expenses for the blackbuck’s treatment would be borne by me personally.”
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com