A barn owl entangled in a Chinese manjha, the glass-coated thread used to fly kites, was rescued by a couple of residents of Ekta Apartments, Sector 3, Dwarka.
“All the residents are familiar with the owl, as it stays in our society,” said Madhuri Varshney, a resident who is also the president of Dwarka Forum. “The gentleman residing in Flat No 191, along with the gardener’s son, managed to rescue the injured bird.”
Residents took care of the owl and tended to its wounds till it was ready to fly again. “We provided basic first aid and let it rest for three hours before letting it go,” said DC Upadhyay, president of the RWA. “The owl was one of the many birds staying in the vicinity because of the greenery around. We are a nature-friendly society.”
Every year thousands of birds are injured from getting caught in the sharp threads used to fly kites. Birds fly into these strings or are entangled in them, causing deep cuts and nerve injuries, even fractures, dislocations and, in many cases, death.