Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Amid far-reaching adverse effects of climate change across the world, rampant deforestation is one of the major concerns in India. While cutting down of trees is adversely impacting the environment, tree-borne animals and birds are rendered homeless. A recent video of a tree felling incident has left the netizens stunned and fumed.

Recently, the video which has gone viral on social media platforms, shows cutting of a massive tree which killed a large number of birds, chicks while hundreds of birds managed to escape by flying away.

IFS Parveen Kaswan shared the video on Twitter that shows an earth mover bringing down a huge tree to the ground. Before the act, several birds flew away. However, hundreds of other avians fell to death. 

The video has garnered over 2 million views wand retweeted over 18000 times. Indeed, the video clearly shows how humans are turning devil to fulfil their needs.

As it seems from the video, most of the birds that died in the incident were either hatchlings, nestlings or fledglings. Even several eggs must have got destroyed in the incident. 

As per reports, the video is from Kerala's Malappuram area. The tree was cut down for the expansion of national highway. However, this heartbreaking video has fumed the netizens with social media users not showing hesitancy in expressing their anger. 

One user wrote, "Every worm, insect, bird, animal is working for the ecological well-being of the planet. Only humans who claim to be the most intelligent species are not doing that."

Another wrote, "We are facing the fury….extreme floods …..droughts….sea water levels rising ….nature will teach a lesson…"

Meanwhile, a third user wrote, "Nobody asked/bothered  how many birds died during that Twin tower demolition blast in Noida due to huge dust in the should raise your voice against that too..."

While the heartbreaking incident has triggered outrage among netizens, the Kerala Forest Department has filed a case under the Wildlife Protection Act as the tree was chopped down without official consent. Even, reports claim that the JCB operator was later arrested.