The Jivdaya Charitable Trust Animal Hospital in Ahmedabad has treated about 2,000 birds in the last month, many of them weak and severely dehydrated.

A volunteer grabs a walking kite that lies almost motionless on a scorching Indian sidewalk as the relentless sun beats its feathers, one of countless birds struggling to withstand an unbearable heat wave.


The early onset of summer has brought record temperatures and made human and animal lives miserable, with experts warning that climate change is making such conditions more intense and frequent.

An animal hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad has treated about 2,000 birds in the past month, many of them weak and severely dehydrated, with some suffering from broken wings after falling from trees.

“We get at least 50 to 60 dehydrated birds a day,” Gira Shah, co-founder of the hospital’s Jivdaia charity, told AFP, adding that temperatures had risen to 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Bird Hospital is one of the largest of its kind in India and was founded by members of the Jain religion, an ancient Indian religion that preaches non-violence and love for all beings, young and old.

The hellish heat coincided with the end of the breeding season for some species of birds, which led to the treatment of a large number of chicks and young children in the restaurant.

The early beginning of summer brought record temperatures and made life miserable for both humans and animals, experts warn

The early onset of summer has brought record temperatures and made human and animal lives miserable, with experts warning that climate change is making such conditions more intense and frequent.

A regular stream of volunteer rescuers and members of the public bring the birds in cardboard boxes or baskets every day, where they are registered, weighed, marked and examined by a veterinarian.

The birds are treated, but about one in four does not survive due to the severity of their dehydration or subsequent complications.

Those that recover are kept in the aviary until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Others who have been severely disabled from their injuries are sent to zoos or educational institutions.

“Pretty awful”

Veterinarian Nidhi Sharma had already treated a parrot and a chick before the young kite rescued from the road was brought to her for examination.

“It’s very dehydrated,” the 29-year-old said as she injected it with refill fluids.

Rescuers believe the kite, weakened by the heat, fell to the ground from its nest in a tree nearly 15 meters (50 feet) above it.

Recovering birds are kept in the aviary until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Recovering birds are kept in the aviary until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Hospital curator Sherwin Everett has been working in Jivdaya – a “compassionate life” in the local Gujarati language – since 2010.

He says this year’s heat wave was among the worst for local birds he has ever seen.

Heat waves have killed more than 6,500 people in India since 2010, but Shah and Everett also called on the public to be vigilant about the well-being of any wildlife they encounter.

Other animals, such as this flying fox, are being treated at the hospital

Other animals, such as this flying fox, are being treated at the hospital.

“We expect a lot of heat waves by July and the temperature will get worse,” Everett said.

“So far we have received a lot of birds that have been dehydrated,” he added. “But the coming months look pretty tough for us, too.”


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