A common coot (Fulica atra) that was rescued in the city. A fresh water wet land bird, common coot (Fulica atra), was rescued by the Eco Club volunteers of the PSG College of Arts and Science and was handed over to the Coimbatore Corporation Zoo at VOC Park. C.R. Jayaprakash, Staff Co-ordinator of the Eco Club, said that the bird was found near Vidya Nagar in the college area on Monday.
M. Arumugam, Director of Master of International Business of PSG CAS, found the bird struggling to fly. He rescued it and safely kept it in his house. On information, the Eco Club volunteers took possession of the bird. With the support of OSAI, a non-governmental organisation, the bird was identified as common coot.
It is classified under the least concern category by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The coot should have come from the nearest wet land Singanallur. It might have got attracted by the sound of domestic ducks, which were reared in a house nearby, pointed out M. Mohan Kumar, Ornithologist from OSAI. With the help of E.K. Binoj, a volunteer, the bird was handed over to the Corporation Zoo on Tuesday after informing the Coimbatore Forest Range Officer A. Soundarrajan.