First in many years, a vulture was spotted in the skyline of Thane which has not been spotted over two decades in the city.
About Indian vulture
- The Indian vulture (Gyps indicus) is an Old World vulture native to Asia.
- They are also known as Indian long-billed vultures due to their comparatively longer beak.
- It is a medium-sized and bulky scavengers feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals.
- Females of this species are smaller than males.
- Distribution: These are native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
- Habitat: They are usually found in savannas and other open habitats around villages, cities, and near cultivated areas.
- Threats: The Indian vulture has suffered a 97-99% population decrease due to poisoning caused by the veterinary drug diclofenac. This drug is toxic for vultures; it was given to working animals as it reduced joint pain and so kept them working for longer.
- Conservation status
- IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered
Q1) What is Diclofenac?
It is a medicine that reduces swelling (inflammation) and pain. It's used to treat aches and pains, as well as problems with joints, muscles and bones. These include: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. sprains and strains in muscles and ligaments.