How Kebbi fish­er­man found bird from Ger­many

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

Mal­lam Garba Mairiga is the fish­er­man, who found the bird that flew in from An­i­mal Re­search Cen­tre, Ger­many, which landed in his fish­ing net in Tunga-Sule, Zaria Kala-Kala, Koko-Besse Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kebbi State.

Mairiga said he ran into the bird, tan­gled in his fish­ing net, strug­gling to free it­self when he was ar­rang­ing his net for the day’s catch.

“I was ar­rang­ing my net in­side the river to catch fish, when sud­denly the Ea­gle-like bird came down right in­side my net in its des­per­ate move to feed on the fishes I was pre­par­ing to catch. That was how the bird got en­tan­gled, so I grabbed it,” he said.

He said it was af­ter he re­turned home that he re­al­ized the bird has rings on both legs con­tain­ing some kind of in­for­ma­tion.

When con­tacted, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, State Min­istry of An­i­mals hus­ban­dries and Fish­eries,Dr Us­man Shehu, said he had briefed Head of Civil Ser­vice, Alh Abubakar IdrisUdu on the new de­vel­op­ment and that he had in turn briefed the gover­nor.

“The gover­nor di­rected us to com­mu­ni­cate with the Ger­man Em­bassy on the is­sue and the bird is in good con­di­tion,”the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary said.

He com­mended the fish­er­man and all those who as­sisted in bring­ing the bird to the gov­ern­ment.

The Man­ager, State Live­stock In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Bread­ing Cen­ter, Dr Yakubu Do­minic, while dis­play­ing the bird to jour­nal­ists in Birnin Kebbi, said the bird was quar­an­tined and that sam­ples of blood fe­ces were taken to Na­tional Vet­eri­nary Re­search in­sti­tute (N.V.R.I), Jos, Plateau State for bird flu test.

“The bird has in­for­ma­tion in the ring tags on the both legs as fol­lows: on the right leg ring is 8/VD/80/VD/8/ VD. The left leg ring is VOGE/ WARTE,HIDDENSEE, GERMANIS and BA- 032096.”

The man­ager added that the bird be­longs to the Ea­gle fam­ily. “You know that, they are car­niv­o­rous, they eat flesh. So, we feed it with fish or meat.

“We are not sur­prised if the bird is from Ger­many be­cause we had some time ago, re­ceived a bird that flew in from Fin­land,” he said.

He said other coun­tries also have the LIBC where they con­duct re­search on birds which they re­lease to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the dis­tance it can travel.

“We have con­tacted the Ger­man Em­bassy in Nige­ria and we are still wait­ing for their re­ply.

“I am sure Ger­many will be happy to hear that, we have one of their re­search birds in our cus­tody. They will also be sur­prised to hear that a marked sam­ple bird they re­leased from Ger­many has landed in Kebbi State.

“We have a global un­der­stand­ing on re­search and well­be­ing of hu­man and an­i­mals,” Do­minic said.

He called on the peo­ple not to con­sume strange an­i­mals seen in their farms or res­i­dence, but to re­port such dis­cov­er­ies to the author­i­ties for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

“Many of th­ese types of birds are likely to carry the Bird-flu virus. That is why we quar­an­tined it and sent blood sam­ple to Vom,” Do­minic added.

PHOTO Garba Muham­mad

The strange Ea­gle fam­ily bird that flew in from Ger­many, be­ing dis­played by Dr Yakubu Do­minic, Man­ager,Kebbi State Li­brary.

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