Border Police in Tibet Help Protect Endangered Species

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Police officers in Dromo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, recently rescued an injured golden eagle chick while on patrol. The species is under first-class national protection in China.

The chick was discovered on the road by Pema Tsetan and Tenzin Sonam, two officers assigned to the Pari County Border Police Station, during a routine patrol last Saturday evening. The chick was in critical condition and could only walk slowly.

“With protective equipment, we carefully brought him back to the station,” said Pema Tsetan. “He was placed in a box and given water and food.”

The next day, he was transferred to the county forestry and grassland office for further processing. He recovered and was released back into the wild,

“Besides keeping people safe in the community, a police officer’s duty includes protecting animals. I am proud and happy that we saved the life of a rare animal,” said Pema Tsetan.

Earlier in October, station officers received a call from local residents about an injured adult golden eagle.

People were afraid to approach it. In cooperation with the county forestry and grassland office, the officers rescued the big bird.

The canton of Pari, at an average altitude of 4,000 meters, is known for the Pari meadow, which is home to many rare species, including black-necked cranes and golden eagles.

“We will continue to work with local residents to safeguard nature and promote awareness of ecological conservation,” said Nyima Drolkar, another police officer from the police station.

The border police station in Pari has 30 officers, many of whom only have the opportunity to return home once a year.

The average temperature in the region is 10 C, with mostly snowy weather between November and May, and rain after June each year. Officers’ work, including patrolling, is mostly done at altitudes between 4,300 meters and 4,700 meters.

“The police station has rescued animals many times in the past, but they don’t have any professional equipment, just simple gloves and some boxes. We want to prepare cages,” Nyima Drolkar said.

He added that the police love animals. They now have two dogs at the police station, including a stray adoptee.

In 2013, the post was recognized as a model for China’s border police.

He said the environment in this area is healthy, with varieties of wildlife including eagles, cranes, Tibetan foxes, yellow ducks and marmots all frequently seen in the grasslands.

“The five villages and communities in Pari township are all in nomadic areas, and most residents are very conscious of ecological protection,” Nyima Drolkar said. “Whenever they see injured or sick animals, they immediately report them to the police.”

Each village has an ecological protection team, with an average of 20 people each. They carry out ecological patrols and receive compensation from the government for their efforts.

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