Thursday, 7 February 2013

Behind The Bars, Waiting For 'Freedom', Which Might Never Show Up




Couple of days ago I paid a visit to Parassinikkadavu Snake Park. It was a fun trip with family, I was going through the sights at the park. Snakes,snakes and snakes one after the other, I was getting bored. Then came the monkeys, crocs, owls, peacocks and many more.  Then I came across the cage of a group of Brahmini Kites (Haliastur Indus) also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia. There were six of them, five of them were sitting at the tree trunk. But one of them was near the cage bars. It took my eye because the kite was extremely calm and had a melancholic look to it.

He looked serious; his eyes had some fire in it. His eyes told me a million stories of captive suffering all at once. His desire for freedom was incredible. He didn’t give much attention to the visitors, seemed he was pretty much used to people visiting him. Couple of kids was screaming seeing him so close, he wasn’t fazed by it at all.

I am not sure whether he will be able to explore the sky anymore, but I hope that God will be kind enough to give him another chance. I don’t know whether he was caught from the wild or was born in the park. Either way he knows what the word ‘freedom’ means, so he must be from the wild. I want him out, such was the fire in his eyes. I will visit the park again in a few months, just to see whether he will be still sitting there, waiting………