On Sunday, the ‘Queen of Suburbs’ Bandra, bore witness to an unusual sighting of a peacock and peahen wandering in a lane behind National College. While the pictures of the national bird strutting have gone viral on the Whatsapp, forest department have launched an investigation to verify whether the birds had been held captive in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act.
While speaking to a city daily, the Wildlife photographer who clicked the photographs said that he has spotted the peacock and peahen there quite a few times in the past week too. According to him the birds were illegally kept in captivity by someone from the area.
“The FD should immediately investigate the matter because this is not just our national bird but it is also protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Act, so keeping it captive is a crime,” he added.
In Mumbai, peacocks are regularly sighted at the green patch surrounding Raj Bhawan (Malabar Hill), Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the neighbouring forest areas in the Film City and Aarey Milk Colony. However, a sighting in the middle of bustling Bandra is unheard of, experts informed the daily.