VUL­TURE DEATHS

Weekend Witness - - Arts -

MUM­BAI — Sub­stan­tially fewer en­dan­gered South Asian vul­tures are dy­ing from a banned painkiller, sci­en­tists work­ing in In­dia say, rais­ing hopes that the species can be saved from ex­tinc­tion in the re­gion.

But the re­searchers warned that di­clofenac was still killing too many vul­tures and more needed to be done to erad­i­cate il­le­gal use of the drug and pre­vent bird poi­son­ings from creep­ing back up.

Led by Bri­tain’s Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds, the study looked at more than 4 500 liver sam­ples, mainly from cat­tle and wa­ter buf­falo car­casses. — Sapa-AFP.

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