The Sarus crane is seen at a field in Amethi near Mohammed Arif's home.
The Sarus crane is seen at a field in Amethi near Mohammed Arif's home. Image Credit: ANI

Kanpur: The Sarus crane, whose ‘friendship’ with Arif Khan Gurjar from Mandka village in the state has warmed many hearts, was relocated to Kanpur from Rae Bareli on Sunday by the forest department officials.

The bird is quarantined for 15 days in Kanpur zoo.

Forest department officials on Tuesday took the bird away from Arif stating that the bird needs to live in its natural environment.

“It was brought yesterday and has been put under quarantine for 15 days. A veterinarian was also present. All protocols are being followed. We have kept it away from the general public and monitoring it 24 hrs”, said Naved Ikram, Regional forest officer, Kanpur zoo.

Videos of the crane following Arif everywhere and flying alongside his motorcycle had been widely shared on social media and the bond between man and bird had become a head turner with passersby clicking videos and photos of the duo.

Arif had saved the injured bird’s life and nursed it to recovery at his home. The bird formed a bond with the man and used to follow it everywhere.

Earlier on Thursday, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the Sarus crane is now “missing” from the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary in Rae Bareilly where it had been released by forest officials.

He said that “bird lovers from around the world will agitate” if the state government is unable to find the ‘Sarus’.

The SP leader took to Twitter to post, “The famous Sarus, which was forcibly taken away from Amethi by the UP Forest Department and released in the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary in Rae Bareilly, is now missing. Such government negligence towards the state bird of UP is a serious matter. The BJP government should immediately find the Sarus, otherwise, the bird lovers of the whole world will agitate. Shameful”.

Akhilesh Yadav further stated that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath can even christen the bird as he wishes but he should save the bird’s life.

Earlier Akhilesh Yadav had met Arif, who was keeping this bird inside the house in Amethi district’s Mandkha village.