Siliguri, February 2: As many as six vultures feeding on a cow carcass by a railway track were run over by a train in West Bengal's Siliguri district. According to the West Bengal Forest Department, the incident took place on Friday when the vultures assembled on the track to feed upon a cow carcass.
The species of the vulture is yet to be ascertained. It is important to note that many species of the vultures, including Oriental White-Back, and Slender-Billed, have been declared as 'Critically Endangered' in 2001 by BirdLife International.
West Bengal: According to DFO, Darjeeling Wildlife Division, 6 vultures were run over by a train last night while they were feeding on a cow carcass lying on the train track in Sukna, Siliguri pic.twitter.com/tQCcSyAA1Q
— ANI (@ANI) February 2, 2019
These vultures were upgraded to Critically Endangered category because they have suffered an extremely rapid population decline, particularly across the Indian subcontinent.