Injured peacock rescued from Najma Heptulla’s residence

New Delhi : An injured peacock found on the lawn of Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla’s official residence was on Saturday rescued by NGO Wildlife SOS and admitted for medical treatment.

The rapid response unit of Wildlife SOS on Saturday received a call on their rescue helpline about the injured peacock.

“The scared bird had injured its left leg and had sustained minor wounds on its beak and neck. The team safely transferred the peacock back to their rescue facility in Gurgaon where it is currently undergoing medical treatment,” said an official of Wildlife SOS.

B.B. Sunar, a staff at the minister’s residence who called the NGO, said: “I found the peacock sitting on a tree but after a while it flew down to the lawn. That is when I noticed that the bird was injured and its left leg was bleeding. So I immediately contacted Wildlife SOS on their helpline number.”

Wildlife SOS co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan said peacocks are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The Wildlife SOS rescue team works round the clock within the Delhi-National Capital Region to rescue distressed urban wildlife, he said.

Wildlife SOS, a non-profit organisation, operates 10 wildlife rehabilitation facilities across India, including the world’s largest Sloth Bear Rescue Centre and the recently established Elephant Conservation and Care Centre that currently houses 21 rescued elephants.