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Sun 15 Jan 2006

Hunting for a bird - The Bodysnatchers

Category : Singapore Naturalist

A friend and primary school teacher called in some distress about an injured bird that she saw from her car, possibly a Brahminy Kite. It was unable to take flight but she had to leave the scene as she was rushing to tend to her mum.

Once I worked out that it was in Yio Chu Kang Road, betwen the junction with Serangoon Gardens Way and the AMK-CTE flyover (courtesy of ">, I sms-ed naturalist Benjamin Lee who set out to check on the bird shortly after.

He found no sign of the bird, no feathers on the road and workers in the area knew nothing of the animal. Further verification with my friend confirmed he was searching the right area.

So it's gone, without a trace. Good news is that it seems unlikely it was run over. A passerby who was watching the bird is likely to have rescued it, we hope.

As they teacher conveyed her heartfelt thanks to Benjamin Lee (thanks Ben!), she asked who she could have called. I scratched my head and said, well it was okay to call me. I'd know to alert the relevant people.

But she wanted to know what to tell the class and a number that they could call. She'd hate to think they would not know what to do.

So Ben and I chatted, recounting the numerous injured animals or roadkills (important scientifically) we had all recovered in the past through informal processes such as this - pangolins, porcupines, turtle eggs and hatchlings, numerous birds, crabs, dugongs, snakes, macaques, etc.

We figured we can improve the The Bodysnatchers mechanism a little more. There are numerous people who have helped in situations like these from the naturalist community, government agencies like NParks, NEA and AVA, researchers at the Raffles Museum, and in the biology departments at NUS and NTU, and vets and caregivers at the Singapore Zoo, Jurong birdpark and certain vet clinics around Singapore.

Yet another task for my to do list.

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