Two Bangladeshis were allegedly carrying them-- but managed to flee
Two white peacocks have been rescued in West Bengal's Nadia district while the birds were being smuggled into India from Bangladesh, reports the PTI.
During patrolling near Burnpur-Matiari border outpost early on Friday, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel spotted two men hiding in the woods close to the international border, an officer of the paramilitary force said.
On being challenged, the alleged Bangladeshi smugglers dropped two bags and fled the spot. BSF personnel opened the bags and found two albino peacocks in those, the officer said.
BSF personnel fed the peacocks and handed them over to the Indian Forest Department.
"We have received two peacocks. They might either be sent to Alipore Zoo in Kolkata or released in Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary in Nadia," Pradip Bagchi, Deputy Ranger (Ranaghat) of Nadia Murshidabad range of the Forest Department, said.