Passenger watches as trapped bird repeatedly crashes into window

2015-03-31 00:00

THE fate of an Indian mynah that flew into the King Shaka International Airport terminal may never be known, but it has angered a Pietermaritzburg resident.

Logan Govender said he made frantic attempts to alert airport authorities to the bird’s plight, watching as it crashed repeatedly into the large glass windows while trying to find a way out for two hours.

Govender, who was waiting to fly to Cape Town, said “the bird was crying”.

“Mynahs have a very distinct call and you can hear when they are in distress. It was so sad to watch as this bird kept on looking for an escape route. I watched this bird constantly fly into the window and then fall down. It must have been dehydrated and I fear it may have died after I left,” he said.

Govender said he arrived at the airport at 12 pm and noticed the bird desperately looking for a way out.

“I did my bit to help. I first alerted a man who told me a ‘man who deals with animal matters’ was on his way. I then spoke to two other staff and also tried to contact the manager. They were all very polite when I spoke to them, but nothing seemed to happen. When I left to board the plane, the bird was still in distress,” said Govender, who filmed and took pictures of the bird.

Durban-based Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow) said one of the services they offered was to remove birds trapped, but there was no record of the incident being reported to them. An employee said they had been called in the past to assist with injured birds at the airport.

Airport spokesperson Colin Naidoo could not be reached and the bird’s fate was unknown at the time of going to press.

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