Villagers Went Without Streetlights for 45 Days to Help a Bird and Its Hatchlings

Common Indian robin/Akash Satpathy, CC license

When man and nature attempt to co-exist, man usually wins out. But that wasn’t the case in a small town in southern India when a native Robin recently chose to build her nest in an extremely inconvenient location.

The village of Potthakudi contains only 120 homes and has a total of 35 streetlights. Unfortunately, the misguided mama bird had decided to set up housekeeping in the town’s main lighting switchboard.

The nest and its inhabitants were first discovered by Karuppu Raja, the man tasked with turning on the streetlights each evening. A lifelong bird lover, Raja posted his find to local social media to alert the citizens of his discovery and ask for their cooperation in…

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