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'Thousands of birds' drop from sky dehydrated due to scorching super heatwave

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birds have dropped from the sky, exhausted and dehydrated due to a monster heatwave. Animal rescuers in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, say they are treating dozens of birds each day as temperatures surpass 40C.

The birds have ranged from eagles to pigeons, with other animals such as cats also affected. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been forced to warn of potential fires as swathes of South Asia are scorched in some of the hottest pre-summer temperatures in recent memory.

In Ahmedabad, experts say that the heatwave is drying out the city's water sources, proving damaging to its wildlife. Veterinary doctors at the Jivdaya Charitable Trust's animal hospital are working non-stop to help the fatigued animals.

Manoj Bhavsar, who has been rescuing birds for over a decade and works with the trust, said: "This year has been one of the worst in the recent times. "We have seen a 10% increase in the number of birds that need rescuing."On Wednesday (May 11) veterinarians were seen injecting water into birds' mouths with syringes and feeding them multi-vitamin tablets.

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