The skies of Mumbai are home to many species of birds, including raptors (birds of prey), like black kites. Recently, one such kite, who was injured, flew into Sachin Tendulkar’s balcony.
Now we all know of Sachin’s prowess as a cricketer, and it is also common knowledge that he is a very humble person. But another side of the master blaster, the one that cares and tends for animals, is not very well-known.
When Sachin saw the poor bird, who was dehydrated and unable to fly away, he decided to help it recover.
Holding a bowl of chicken and bread in his hand, he approached the bird with caution and hoped that the food would help the bird be okay.
After ensuring that the black kite had eaten, Sachin called up the Mumbai-based wildlife NGO, Spreading Awareness on Reptiles and Rehabilitation Programme (SARRP), to help him tend to the bird.
Santosh Shinde, who works in the NGO, told the Times of India that he was initially baffled when he received a call from someone claiming to be Sachin Tendulkar.
“At first, I thought it was a joke,” he said, adding that “But the display on my phone showed ‘Private Number’ and the caller’s voice resembled Sachin’s. Usually, VIPs do not call up themselves and get their staff to call. He said he had got my rescue team’s number from the internet. As he continued to speak, the reality sank in slowly, and I knew I was speaking with THE Sachin Tendulkar.”
Sachin even shot a video of the rescue from the moment he approached the black kite to three days later when the bird was set free by him and the volunteers from SARRP. For three days, the kite had to be fed, given water and an ice bath, so that it could rehydrate itself. You can check out the video of the rescue operation posted by the cricketing icon here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)