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Approximately at this time, tens of thousands of flamingos annually gather in Mumbai to feed. But this year in the city almost three times more than in norm – about 120 thousand.
The reason for the tide is now a mystery. But some scientists believe that contamination with the natural habitat of birds can be one of the factors of the game.
How The Guardian reports, one of the best places to see large flames of flamingos in Mumbai, near the water treatment station near the town of Thane Creek. Now, an increase in sewage and industrial runoff in the creek, according to some, is fueled by a push in the blue-green algae that birds feed on.
"The scene in Cana Tan, when they run through the water, is amazing," says Rahul Khoth, deputy director of the Natural History Society of Bombay, in an interview with NPR Weekend Edition Sunday .
Khotot and his team are not yet convinced that sewage production and industrial drainage are the reason that the flamingo population has increased this year, but they welcome the attention now received by the Mumbai flamingo.
"It's really good to see a large number of birds attending this metric, but it also enhances our responsibility for preserving their habitat so that future future generations will also enjoy this bird," says Hot.
Audrey Nguyen and Sarah Oliver produced and edited this story for broadcast.