Birdwatcher Dr. Jayan Thomas doesn’t need an introduction to those inclined towards nature and birds, who apart from being an ophthalmologist is a bird enthusiast and utilises his free time in observing them. The Kochi Post had earlier published an article on him and how his rare photograph of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper earned him a place in the Limca Book of World Records.
Dr. Thomas has come up with a shocking revelation on the plight of a poor jackal which he spotted last Friday when he was out bird-watching.
He says, “While bird-watching along the Munderi river bank early morning on the 25th of November, 2016, a jackal appeared from the thicket to where I was observing some birds. I was taken aback with surprise when I saw that its face was stuck inside a plastic jar. Since the jar was light and the bottom of it transparent the jackal could move around but with great difficulty. Looking at the stomach of the jackal which had caved in, I could make out that the jackal could have put its head inside the jar a few days ago. As I was photographing it, the Jackal disappeared into the bushes. On reaching home I forwarded the snaps to the Kannur Bird-watching group which was then forwarded to other groups as well. On the basis of this, a search was conducted in the evening, but the jackal was not lucky enough to be seen. Yet another combing operation was done on Saturday as well without the jackal being traced. The local folks have been informed and asked to get back to us.”