Some 170 peacocks have reportedly succumbed to an avian disease in Tharparkar region of Sindh province. Tharparkar’s honorary district game warden Talook Chand Valasai confirmed the death toll, saying at least 30 birds died in various parts of the desert during the last couple of days, reported a private news channel.
The sudden spike in the deaths of the birds has sparked doubt and fear among local experts as well as natives who said it might be an onset of the Newcastle disease, locally known as Ranikhet, a contagious avian disease.
Abdul Majeed Junejo, chairman of Joru union council near Mithi has said that during past couple of weeks, more than 30 peafowls have died of disease. “The neck of the birds swell up after contracting the infection, after which they eventually collapse and die,” Junejo added, saying there were plenty of birds who are ailing and are in a need of treatment.—APP