A dramatic event occurred in Santa Cruz, Mumbai today.
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At around 1.00 PM, when the temperature was reported to be hovering around 40 degree, sirens pierced the afternoon air. Heads turned. People stopped doing whatever they were doing. The others peeped through the windows. Those that had a window for the door and the sky for the roof, squinted to see what the fuss was about.
A fire engine appeared. True to form, stopped some distance away. There has been intense debate about ‘fire in the belly’ for politicians. And perhaps some one called for a fire tender !
And then, in some time our crew found a crow whose wing had gotten entangled to string, struggling to free itself. This perhaps was a string that was used to fly a kite some time back. For all its flaps, the bird got further entangled.
The firemen demurred. And got to work. A crowd gathered. Everybody looked up into the sky. And some genuinely surprised that all this ado is about a crow. Others very happy that someone took the step of calling the firemen at the plight of the crow.
An old lady who lived in the house next door steps out spoke to us. ( Camera Pans )
‘Oh, I thought, someone in our building committed suicide’. She continued, ‘last week, a tree fell in my backyard. I called the firemen. Nobody turned up. Now they have come for the crow’ ! She said.
And then, looked into the sky at the crow and its struggle to break free, and said, ‘poor thing’ while walking away.
There are three hundred and twenty two people in the crowd. And suddenly, a parcel of crows arrived on the scene. All crowing madly.
Its the peak afternoon heat. And it was getting to everybody. The firemen. The onlookers. The neighbours. And the crow that was hanging in the balance.
To cut a long story short, the crow was rescued. And the firemen walked away with the crow ! And someone in the crowd shouted, ‘go send it to Maneka Gandhi‘. Someone else said, ‘this is what the firemen are trained to do. Catch crows’.
In the meanwhile the parcel of crows that were there, have flown in the direction of the first minister that they can sight for a ‘fly-in crowing dharna’. Unconfirmed sources also state that they are reported to be on the look out for slippers. The public are requested to watch out for them.
The crows were unavailable for comment. We will be staying on course to update you on the latest on this epic crow saga.
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