Siliguri: As many as six vultures feeding on a cow carcass by a railway track were run over by a train in West Bengal’s Siliguri district.
According to the West Bengal Forest Department, the incident took place on Friday when the vultures assembled on the track to feed upon a cow carcass.
The species of the vulture is yet to be ascertained.
It is important to note that many species of the vultures, including Oriental White-Back, and Slender-Billed, have been declared as ‘Critically Endangered’ in 2001 by BirdLife International.
These vultures were upgraded to Critically Endangered category because they have suffered an extremely rapid population decline, particularly across the Indian subcontinent.