By Nizam Samoon
Pak Voice, Tharparkar
On Monday, The Wildlife Department set free 20 peacocks after they recovered from the contagious disease of Ranikhet after receiving treatment by the veterinary doctors. According to the officials, the peacocks suffering from the Newcastle infection were brought to Wildlife Office in Mithi, Tharparkar for treatment.
Earlier this year, Pak Voices reported the death of at least 69 peacocks which succumbed to Ranikhet during an outbreak of the infectious disease.
According to the veterinary doctors, the peacocks suffering from the disease locally known as Ranikhet experience swelling of the neck and discharging water from the mouth including the signs of dizziness and stiffness. They stop eating and drinking resulting in their death within three days of the attack of the disease.
After their recovery from the deadly disease, the peacocks were released in presence of media and local people in the village of Lobhar in district Tharparkar. Talok Chand Valasai, the Game Warden of The Wildlife Department told media that the peacocks were infected with Ranikhet and were being released upon complete recovery so that they live their normal life in their natural habitat.
Nizam Samoon is working with Pak Voices as a citizen journalist from Tharparkar.
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