The community of Potthakudi in the Southern part of India, came together to protect a Common Indian Robin; they went so far as to go without lights at night.
Potthakudi, India (29 March 2021) – A town in India collectively agreed to go without lights at night in order to protect a native Common Indian, Robin and her unhatched chicks. This kind of selflessness has the entire world applauding the small town.
Potthakudi is in the Southern part of India and has a small population with around 120 households. Their infrastructure is simple yet efficient, so when the town’s maintenance team went to switch on their 35 street lights, they found that a Common Indian Robin had made her nest in the switchboard.
Karuppu Raja, the man in charge of switching on the lights each day, is an avid bird lover and quickly took to WhatsApp to notify everyone in the town about their newest resident.
He explained that interfering would be a detriment to the bird and her newly laid eggs. He asked that everyone be patient until she had hatched and raised her young.
It took a total of 45 days, which meant 45 nights of dark streets. The town went as far as removing the power from the switchboard completely to avoid any accidents.
“I explained that so many bird species have become extinct and we should not let Indian Robin go the same way,” – Karuppa Raja explained in his interview with the Deccan Herald.
This is an incredible example of how humans can put aside their own creature comforts to work with and protect nature. We are so proud of this community’s actions and hope their story inspires others to treat the natural world with great respect.