JORHAT, Sept 8: A tragic incident unfolded on Thursday evening at Rongdoi Bhogonia village embankment on the northern outskirts of Jorhat, where over 25 Asian Openbill Storks were discovered dead after reportedly falling from their nests due to a storm that swept over Jorhat and nearby areas.
The Forest department personnel, in a swift response, rescued 21 of these storks on Friday and transferred them to the CWRC in Kaziranga.
Villagers who found the birds on the ground, with most of them deceased and a few still alive, speculated that they may have died either from the fall or due to lightning during the storm.
Concerned villagers provided water to the surviving storks and also alerted an NGO to assist.
On Friday, the Forest department personnel removed the carcasses of the deceased storks and ensured the safe transport of the rescued 21 birds to the CWRC at Kaziranga.
The Asian Openbill Stork is a large wading bird commonly found in the north-eastern region. They typically build their nests on tall trees during the breeding season.