Monday, 11 August 2014

Indian Flapshell Turtle and Red Eared Slider Turtle rescued at Bhandup

Nisha Kunju with rescued
Indian Flapshell Turtle
Mumbai | BHANDUP : At Night 12 AM, Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) Helpline received a call from Mr. Baldev Manek saying a big black turtle is came in front of their bungalow gate at Mini land. Following to the information we have send our Rescue Team to the spot and who had rescued the turtle, it was Indian Flapshell Turtle and later it was released into its natural habitat.
It is 3rd turtle which we have found in this 2 week of monsoon, among them 2 were Indian Flapshell Turtle and a Red Eared Slider Turtle said Nisha Kunju, Administrator of PAWS-Mumbai.  
Sunish Subramanian with
Red Eared Slider Turtle
She further added Red Eared Slider Turtle is not Indian species. It was found by Mr. Rupesh Thopate, a resident of Bhandup East. Later he inform PAWS-Mumbai. When we taken the custody, the shell of the turtle was totally dry, both the eyes having infection and injures on its body, so it was under care for a month, now it is fit and it can live independently. So we have released it in an artificial pound where there is no native species of turtle is found.

Turtle died due to vehicle hit 
on Eastern Express Highway 
Recently PAWS-Mumbai office received a call at early morning from person stating that he have spotted a Turtle on the divider on Eastern Express Highway near Mulund Airoli Junction. When we reached the spot it was already died as it was hit by a vehicle. So we request to the citizen as its monsoon, while passing through the roads around the green cover area should slow their speed limit as reptiles, snakes, turtles or other living creature may be crossing the road. Areas like Eastern Express Highway, Aarey Colony Road, Film City Road, Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai and Road passing through Karnala Bird Sanctuary Panvel, Etc.
Indian Flapshell Turtle
The Indian Flapshell Turtle which is found in fresh water body like often stagnant waters of rivers, wells, streams, ponds, lakes, irrigation canals and tanks. Because of  heavy rain the water get over flooded due to which the turtles  or other living creature flowed out, which some time found in drainage, water collected area, on roads and gardens etc. In some part of India it is locally threatened species as it is in high demand for meat, Feng Shui and even used for black magic. The shell of this species is believed to be of medicinal value in both China and India. It is protected species under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and it is endangered species, so PAWS-Mumbai appeal to the citizen not to keep if you found or come across such species illegally sold, it should be immediately report to Forest Department or Animal Welfare Organisation said Sunish Subramanian Kunju, Hony. Animal Welfare Officer and Founder of PAWS-Mumbai.
Red Eared Slider Turtle 
The Red Eared Slider Turtle which is also known as Red-Eared Terrapin. It is native species of the  southern United States and northern Mexico, with its range covering diverse habitats. In all over India it is illegally sold in pet shops and which is easily seen in homes which is kept as pet. People bring this turtle when it is very small and keep it in fish tanks, later when it become larger in size, we seen during rainy season people abandon them in water login area said Subramanian.
If you witness a threat to any wildlife in your vicinity, do report it to PAWS-Mumbai Team on Helpline 9833480388 / 25968314.

Informer Speak :

"We were shock to see a big black turtle at night in front of our gate. We inform PAWS-Mumbai Team, their volunteers came immediately to rescue it".
- Baldev Manek resident of Bhandup - West
"When I found the turtle it was in very bad stage and eyes were infected, due to which it can't possible to eat by itself. So I inform about it to PAWS-Mumbai Helpline, volunteer have came and taken the custody. Now I am very happy to see the turtle got new life and it is been released in safe place".
- Rupesh Thopate resident of Bhandup - East
More Photographs
Sunish Subramanian & Nisha Kunju of PAWS-Mumbai with rescued turtles
BEFORE : Rescued Red Eared Slider Turtle was in very bad stage
AFTER : Rescued Red Eared Slider Turtle after a month become healthy & fit to release
Indian Flapshell Turtle
PRESS Release Updated by
Nisha Subramanian Kunju 
Administrator - Cum - PRO : PAWS-Mumbai

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Monitor Lizard rescued from drainage line at Bhandup by PAWS-Mumbai Rescue Team

Date & Day : Saturday | 26 July 2014
Location : Saikrupa Society No. 2, Nardas Nagar (Kranti Nagar) Tembi Pada, Bhandup West
Spot : Drainage Line

Mumbai Monitor Lizard Rescue
Bhandup | MUMBAI : Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) Rescue Team rescued a Monitor Lizard from drainage line at Saikrupa Society No. 2, Nardas Nagar (Kranti Nagar) Tembi Pada, Bhandup West. It was spotted by local resident who informed PAWS-Mumbai helpline and later it was released in the natural habitat.
As per the view of resident they were observing this lizard since 2 days. Lizard was healthy and active. The drainage line was to small and it was having two openings, so we have blocked one side and put water so it can come out from other end. It taken 30 minutes for rescue said Sunish Subramanian Kunju who lead the PAWS-Mumbai Rescue Team.
For more information please call Mr. Sunish Subramanian Kunju on 9892179542 or 9833480388.
More Photographs & Video

Drainage Line  
Monitor Lizard
Sunish Subramanian Kunju with rescued Monitor Lizard
Rescued Monitor Lizard
 PRESS Release Updated By :
Nisha Subramanian Kunju
Administrator - Cum - PRO : PAWS-Mumbai 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Monsoon not only effect human's but also animals, birds and reptiles too -- PAWS-Mumbai

"Don't harm or kill any animals, birds and reptile's who comes in your vicinity in this monsoon appeals animal welfare organisation to citizens" 

Its monsoon, heavy rain, wind and water login everywhere which not only effect humans but also animals, birds and reptiles too. We can see birds fallen from trees due to wind, dogs and other stray animal come to residential areas in search of dry place to sit, water login in holes due to which snake comes out, which seen in garden and residential area. So Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai, an animal welfare and rights organisation appeal to the citizen not to harm or kill any animals, birds and reptiles, just keep a watch on it from safe distance and call an animal welfare organisation or if it wildlife you can also call Forest Department for help said animal activist Sunish Subramanian Kunju.

Please ensure safely step to keep snake away ........
Fill /close all the burrows, holes, cracks and crevices in and around your residential areas.
Keep your back yards and surrounding area of your home free and clean from grass and bushes.
Try to keep tree branches and creepers away from window.
If you see any snake or reptiles in your vicinity just isolate area and keep a watch from safe distance, later call rescue team.

Help birds in this monsoon ..........
Avoid cutting or trimming trees having bird nest.
If you see any bird fallen on ground due to wind, rescue and keep it in safe place and birds rescue team. Catch bird by putting cloth on it.
Don't keep any rescued bird in cage as it is cruel and illegal under various animal protection acts. 

Call PAWS-Mumbai Helpline 25968314 / 9833480388 for help and guidance in rescuing animal and birds in distress.

Mumbai | POWAI : You Scod 18 staff spotted a  bird Cormorant in busy road at powai, he immediately inform Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) Helpline and as per the guidance he saved the bird and handed it over to rescue team, later the bird was taken care and kept under observation for a day and released into its natural habitat said Sunish Subramanian Kunju, the Hon. Animal Welfare Officer associated with PAWS-Mumbai.

Mumbai | BHANDUP : Kalpesh Eknath Pate (14), a student of Parag English School and Student Member of Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) while coming from school, he seen some children were playing on road side near Shivaji Talav with Scorpion by tying thread on its legs. He immediately call PAWS-Mumbai Helpline, as per the instruction, he success in rescuing the Scorpion, later it was released in safe pace immediately.

In another incident Kalpesh have save a puppy from accident, which later given-up for adoption. 

Mumbai | BHANDUP : A non-venomous Montane Trinket Snake rescued from Toilet Room at SMC IPL 900 MLD WTP inside BMC Water Complex in Bhandup, which was spotted by a staff when he went inside. He immediately call Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) Helpline and rescue team rescued the snake from the toilet and released in safe place immediately.  

PAWS-Mumbai also rescued 2 Russell's Viper (venomous), Checkered Keelback Water Snake (non-venomous), 2 Rat Snake (non-venomous), Cobra (venomous) too from Mulund, Bhandup, Thane area said Snake Friend Sunish Subramanain Kunju.

Thane | MIRA ROAD : Indian Flap - Shell Turtle, an protected species under Wildlife Protection Act was found on side of the road near a drainage at Mira Road East by local resident Bishwa Ray, he informed about this incident to Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) Helpline and rescued team reached the spot and taken the custody, as it got little injury so the turtle was taken care till it recover. Later it was released into its natural habitat said Nisha Kunju, an Hony. Animal Welfare Officer associated with PAWS-Mumbai.    

Navi Mumbai | AROLI :  Surendar Khadtale (45) a resident of Aroli, who spotted a baby Squirrel fallen from the roof of bus stop at Rabale into a empty oil jar and it was making some noise, he observed and call Plant & Animals Welfare Society - Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) for help. Rescue team reached to the spot and save the baby Squirrel, which is taken cared by PAWS-Mumbai volunteers. It will be release once it start eating independently by itself said Sunish Subramanian Kunju who attended the call.  When we rescued the baby it was totally wet and shivering. We cleaned and kept it in a cotton cloth, inside a basket.

More Photographs & Clippings
Rescued Cormorant Bird
Rescued Cormorant Bird under care and observation
Rescued Cormorant Bird released back into natural habitat

Rescued Scorpion
Rescued Scorpion released into natural habitat 
Kalpesh Pate with rescued Stray Puppy
Rescued Montane Trinket Snake Non-Venomous
Rescued Checkered Keelback Water Snake Non-Venomous
Rescued Russell's Viper Venomous
Rescued Cobra Venomous
Rescued Indian Flap - Shell Turtle
Rescued Baby Squirrel
Rescued Baby Squirrel taken care by
Sunish Subramanian Kunju and Team
PRESS Release Updated By :
Nisha Subramanian Kunju
Administrator - Cum - PRO : PAWS-Mumbai