Bird hospital treats winged visitors and sets them free
Started three years ago, the Charity Birds Hospital, next to Jain Mandir in old city, has become a well-known name among citys nature lovers. The hospital has bridged the missing link by providing emergency services to birds which would not have survived had they been taken to any Delhi bird hospital for treatment in the formers absence.
In the past, city residents had to take injured birds all the way to Delhi for treatment and majority of the birds used to die on the way. This was the reason which prompted N C Jain, an ex-bank employee, to set up the hospital in a small property owned by the family with the help of a few friends.
Jain got full support from his friends who became the trusts members. Currently, the hospital is being run by 13 members who make monthly contributions. It also receives donations from nature lovers.
The sole bird hospital in the district provides free treatment and has since its inception treated over 3,000 birds, besides setting over 400 birds free after recovery. The most common birds which are brought to the hospitals are sparrows, parrots, domestic fowls and pigeons, and peacocks.
Jain informs that the hospital is set on the Jains principle of aversion to killing and standards set by the doctors of well-known Lal Mandir Bird Hospital near Red Fort in Delhi.
The Gurgaon hospital has one permanent attendant Raj Kumar and two doctors on call who pay periodic visits to the hospital. Kumar, who has earlier worked with Lal Mandir Hospital, is nothing less than a doctor and knows everything about birds.
Kumar says that the hospital sees around 10 outdoor patients daily. The birds generally suffer from paralysis due to electrocution or get injured by preying birds. Other ailments include eye infection, respiratory blockage and skin rashes.
Also, there are people who bring their pet birds for treatment. They are given advices on how to treat them at home, because as a rule, any bird which is admitted here once is not returned back, but is set free after they recover, informs Kumar.
Residents only have good words to say. Nadir Khan, a nature lover and a resident of Sector 57, who often take injured birds to the hospitals, says while one can find many veterinary hospitals in the city, the bird hospital is one of its kind and is doing a fabulous job.
Source: The Times of India