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Farmer kills vulture after it attacks calf

Imphal, May 6: A farmer killed a vulture after the bird attacked his calf in a paddy field in Manipur’s Thoubal district yesterday.

People for Animals, an NGO, actively involved in saving animals throughout Manipur, said its team tried to save the vulture but it died of its injuries.

Lourembam Biswajit Meetei, a managing trustee of People for Animals, said the group received an information about a huge bird attacking a calf and that the owner of the calf attacked it in turn to defend the animal yesterday afternoon near a school at Khongjom in Thoubal district.

“Our team immediately rushed to the spot to save the bird and the calf. On reaching the spot, we found the bird unconscious. The calf was also injured. We tried to save the bird, but it died of its injuries,” he said.

He said vultures normally feed on dead or decaying animal meat and help keep the environment clean. The vulture could have been very hungry and starving for days so it attacked the calf, he added.

Describing the incident as shocking, he said vultures were rare in Manipur but more rare were carcasses.

People for Animals will dispose of the carcass with the help of forest officials today.