Khordha; Dec.9: Odisha Forest officials on Tuesday recovered bodies of more than 20 peacocks from Madhupur forest in the Khurda district.
The Khordha Forest Range officials on Tuesday recovered bodies and sent the carcasses to the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) for postmortem. The forest officials from Chandaka and Khurda range are on the spot to carry out a field investigation.
"As per information received from locals on Monday evening, we visited the spot on Tuesday and found the bodies of the birds lying scattered in an area spread over four to five hundred meters. Even though we are not sure about the time of death, it appears that they died a day or two back. We are taking the issue seriously and an investigation is on to find out the details," said Khurda Ranger Dillip Kumar Rout, who was present on the spot.
As per information provided by Rout, a joint team of Chandaka and Khurda range officials are scanning the forest to see if there are any other birds or animals dying inside the forest.
As per locals, about 500 peacocks live in the forest of the area and this kind of an incident is unprecedented. Many peacocks were seen roaming around the carcasses which might result in further spread of the disease, if there is any contagious one.