Birds In India Suffering From Heat, Deforestation (PHOTO)

06/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A recuperating Kite is fed multi-vitamins at the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital in Mumbai.

According to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA), this year there has been a 25 to 30 percent rise in the incidence of birds suffering from heat-related exhaustion as temperatures across several Indian cities soared in excess of 40 degrees celcius (104 degrees farhenheit). BSPCA officials say birds are forced to fly longer distances before resting due to dwindling tree cover in urban areas, as increased tree felling makes way for Mumbai's rapidly developing infrastructure. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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