Hour long ordeal for pariah kite before fire brigade rescues it from 'maanja' mesh

 A pariah kite flying over Mahim this morning had a new lease of life after Mumbai fire brigade personnel struggled for nearly an hour to rescue it from the meshes of a maanja (thread used to fly kites) it had got entangled in.

Eyewitnesses say locals saw the pariah kite caught in the thread struggling to get free from the thread that was hanging from an overhead wire around 8 am near the erstwhile Crown Bakery at Mahim. A local resident Shashank Virkud immediately called the fire brigade which sent its personnel to rescue the bird with the help of poles.

While this bird had a providential escape, thousands of maanja threads criss - cross the city sky during festivals like Makar Sankrant, when kites are flown by enthusiastic citizens. The maanja is a strong thread, reinforced by nylon and fortified by cut glass, to be able to bring down other kites. 

Unfortunately, it is also able to cut through feather, flesh and bone of birds which unwittingly fly in its path. Two months ago, a pigeon had strangled to death, caught in the threads in a similar fashion. in the wire. City animal love Pramod Mane says Mumbaikars should be more sensitive and not play with the lives of birds. Awareness needs to be spread regarding the safety of our winged friends in the city, he told Mumbai Live.

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