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A large number of Indian

cormorants, a variety of fish eating birds, have been found

dead in the past three days at one of the lakes in Bengaluru,

according to environmentalists.

Wildlife enthusiasts were appalled to see the

cormorants dying in huge numbers at Kasavanahalli Lake where

at least 50 to 60 birds have reportedly died in three days.

A large number of the birds have died, a local

lakeprotection group member L Sreenivas said Saturday.

"We are not sure what the reasons are," he said.

The lake protection group members contacted civic

authorities, who sent a veterinary doctor to ascertain the

cause of death.

"We are also not sure what killed these birds. Our

veterinary doctor will collect the sample and would submit a

report soon," said P Jagannath Rao, deputy conservator of

forest (lake division).

Initially, the local groups suspected the involvement

of a fish contractor, who might have poisoned the birds.

It was, however, ruled out as the fish were ingood

health. The other possibilities could be avian bird flu or the

cyanobacteria bloom in the lake.

Bengaluru lakes have been in the news for wrong

reasons due to high contamination.

The largest among all the water bodies in Bengaluru,

the Bellandur lake has been in the limelight for catching fire

due to high level of non-biodegradable chemicals, as well as

heavy metals.

Despite the National Green Tribunal's direction to the

civic agencies, the water quality of Bellandur lake and water

bodies upstream have not improved much, according to

officials.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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