Punjab to set up breeding centre for state bird

July 17th, 2011 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 17 (IANS) The Punjab government Sunday said it would set up a breeding centre to save the state bird - ‘Baaz’, a hawk species, that has a significant place in the religion and culture of the state.

Forests and Wildlife Minister Arunesh Shakir said that the breeding centre would be set up at the Chhatbir Zoo near Chandigarh shortly to save the Baaz (Eastern Goshawk) from extinction. The first few species of the bird will be imported from other countries, he said.

“This bird has a great religious and cultural significance in Sikh history. Being connected with the tenth guru, Gobind Singh, Punjabis are emotionally attached to Baaz and its declining numbers have worried them. The situation has come to a point that whenever a Baaz is seen anywhere in Punjab, people from nearby areas start assembling to have a glimpse of this religious symbol,” the minister said.

Guru Gobind Singh used to keep a Baaz which used to sit on his shoulder.

The minister said that under the breeding centre plan the Eastern Goshawk would be bred after being imported and a proper environment created in the centre for its breeding.

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