Cyclone Ockhi killed more than 300 individuals in 2017, severely disrupting the daily lives of thousands of people in Tamil Nadu and other regions. Along with people, animals and birds also suffered a great deal. One of these birds, a migratory cinereous vulture, became stuck after the 2017 storm in Tamil Nadu’s coastal Kanyakumari region and could not escape. It was saved by the forest department, which assisted with its recovery for years.
According to the Forest Department in Tamil Nadu, the vulture received the necessary veterinary care from the forest officials, fully healed, matured into an adult, and was ready to be released into the wild. The name “Okhi” for the vulture comes from typhoon Ockhi.
Supriya Sahu, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official, has now told the fantastic tale of the vulture, revealing that it was transported aboard an Air India trip for transfer to Rajasthan. The migratory bird was transported to Jodhpur, said to the news agency PTI, and would be released at the Machia Biological Park. On Thursday, the vulture got on the plane.
In the post’s description, she stated: “relating the touching accurate tale of Okhi, a magnificent vulture, and his fantastic trip from Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan.
A migratory Cinereous vulture named “Okhi” was hurt in the 2017 Okhi cyclone and could not fly back.
For rewilding, our Okhi took an early-morning flight with @airindia today.”
The official stated, “The vulture was carried in a special cage created with adequate ventilation and room.
The choice to fly the vulture was made after carefully weighing various criteria. It would have taken at least four or five days to carry the bird by road or train because Machia Biological Park is 2,600 kilometers from Kanyakumari, and stops would have been necessary to lessen the stress on the bird.
As a result, the Ministry of Civil Aviation granted approval to fly the vulture throughout the nation for the first time. Ms. Sahu noted that the required clearance and logistical assistance were given.
The PTI report stated that a unique airplane with additional cargo capacity and ventilation was prepared. The pilots were informed of the need to ensure the bird’s appropriate ventilation during the journey. At Delhi Airport, there was a three-hour stop. During the holiday, the bird was kept quiet and given water. To avoid stressing the vulture and to guarantee that loading and unloading take precedence, the airport crew was advised to handle the cage carefully.