India, Andhra Pradesh: VSPCA rescues hundreds of birds in the wake of cyclone Phaillin

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In the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, hard-hit by the strong winds of cyclone Phaillin, the VSPCA (Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals) has been rescuing wild storks.


Around 2,000 Asian openbill storks were found on the ground, having fallen from their nests during the violent storm. Some had died, but many could be rescued, and the VSPCA team was hard at work picking them up, examining them for injuries, treating them, and feeding them.


The VSPCA has helped the storks of this colony for several years, educating the people in how to care for them and keep them safe from poachers.  Many of the storks, especially the adults, survived and were still safe in the trees.  But it was sad to see so many who had fallen. Their breeding season is from July to September, and it was many of the young ones, who were nearly ready to fledge, who had been blown out of their nests.


Thanks to the speedy efforts of VSPCA, many of the young storks are being saved and will be releasable—and should be just fine, despite their ordeal with the wind and the rain.



If you’d like to help, you can do so via the website of Help Animals India.


Photos: Courtesy of VSPCA

India: Visakhapatnum: Rescued cow and newborn baby safe and sound!



When 54 rescued cows first arrived at the VSPCA, they drank liters and liters of water before even touching their food.  They are now recovering from malnutrition, dehydration, and wounds.


They were rescued from a lorry transporting them illegally to slaughter.


On August 5,  at Marikavalasa village, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, workers from the VSPCA (Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals) Shelter encountered the lorry filled with cows, just four miles from the shelter. They had spotted some of the heads of the cows at the very top. The cows were in deplorable condition.


The driver fled, and, with the assistance of the police, VSPCA shelter managers B. Sarada and Raj, were able to rescue all the cows, taking them to the VSPCA shelter.


Happily, one of the cows, who was about to give birth, now has a healthy, adorable, newborn calf.  Mother and baby are both doing fine, and will be able to live out their lives at the shelter.


The VSPCA shelter cares for 1500 animals, including many rescued cattle, with the cows and bulls living separately.  Every animal is valued and well-cared for.  VSPCA’s ABC (spay-neuter) programs have also helped tens of thousands of community dogs in Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas.


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To visit the website of Help Animals India, which supports many Indian animal welfare groups, click here.


Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA