We received a phone call that a juvenile brahminy kite was found wandering around in the city of Petchaburi and had been captured by the Phetchaburi Police Department.
Two beautiful purple birds go home
Purple swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio) are wetland birds that are found from South Asia to South-east Asia. In Thailand they have become quite rare as they live in wetlands that are now frequently developed into resort areas, shrimp farms and rice fields.
Two of these beautiful birds were brought in to WFFT with injuries after being caught by a farmer, who wanted to keep them as pets. Luckily the farmer found out they were no easy to be kept in captivity and so he handed them over to WFFT. After 10 days of treatment, a few power feeds to strengthen up, they were ready to be released back to the wild. They are now hopefully living in a safer area of the wetlands of Kaengkrachan National park, a well protected area.