Indore: Gear up! Two pairs of gigantic beautiful Macaws and a pair of African Grey Parrots are expected to arrive on Wednesday evening at Kamla Nehru Prani Sanghralaya (city zoo). The beautiful birds were expected to arrive on Sunday initially, but their arrival was delayed.
On Tuesday, the birds were stuck in transit as the driver bringing the large macaws from Bangalore tested positive for coronavirus. Hence, the transit vehicle was stopped at Maharashtra border.
The transit of Macaws and Parrot to continue after RTPCR test
Corona infection is becoming a hindrance in the arrival of these birds being brought from Bangalore and Pune to Indore. The driver of the lorry bringing these animals to Indore was stopped after the driver tested positive in rapid antigen test.
After he tested positive, the lorry was not allowed to enter the Maharashtra border. Further, as per the protocol, now the driver will undergo RTPCR test.
After his report comes negative, only then he will be allowed to enter Maharashtra. Further, the driver will reach Pune and then head towards Indore with the three pairs of majestic birds.
Birds will be quarantined after arrival
City Zoo in-charge Dr Uttam Yadav said, “These birds will likely reach Indore by Wednesday night or Thursday morning.” After their arrival in Indore, they will be kept in quarantine for a day or two as per protocol to ensure the birds don't suffer from any infection.
Aviary to add new species: Green-winged Macaw
Nand Kishore Reddy, bird expert at city zoo and in-charge of bird aviary, said, “At present, there are about 400 birds of 30 species.”
To add more species and specimens, three pair of birds was being brought from Bangalore. The first one is blue and gold Macaw, which is already present in the aviary.
Further, a pair of green-winged Macaw will be a new and one of the striking additions to the aviary.
Apart from this, a pair of African Grey Parrots are already a part of the bird aviary. The city zoo plans to add two more of them to the aviary.
The bird aviary is built at 980 sq ft in the zoo. The cost of preparing this bird aviary is about Rs 1.5 crore.