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24 peacocks die in southern India after eating pesticide-infested crops

Staff Writer | July 27, 2018
Authorities in the southern Indian state of Telangana Friday reported deaths of as many as 24 peacocks in the past 10 days.
24 peacocks die
Asia   These peacocks were likely to have consumed crops on which poisonous pesticides
Peacocks are highly regarded in India as they are the national bird.

Forest officials said that the deaths were reported in the districts of Jogulamba Gadwal and Nagarkurnool probably because of eating pesticide-infested crops on farm lands.

"These peacocks were likely to have consumed crops on which poisonous pesticides have been sprayed by local farmers," a forest official told the media.

"The bodies of the birds have been sent for an autopsy to reveal the exact cause of their deaths. We will wait for the report for a final conclusion," he added.

Last month, some 22 peacocks died in the northern Indian state of Haryana, following an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease that affects nervous and digestive systems of birds.


 

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