There is another characteristic of selfie deaths unique to India. It is the only country we’ve seen so far where one selfie can result in multiple deaths. Not only humans, but this time animals are also in the list. In a recent incident in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, a peacock dies after being manhandled by villagers, who wanted to click selfies with it. The National Bird roaming in the village triggered frenzy among locals, many of whom wanted to click selfies with it. Reportedly, few tried spreading its feathers, while others pulled the bird’s leg. Sadly, the bird died after that.
Seema Chowdhury, Wildlife Warden of Jalpaiguri said, “We are investigating to find out what happened. What the villagers did was obviously not right. We are also trying to find out how the bird fell ill”.
As per the reports, the national bird entered the Barighoria gram panchayat area of Dhupguri block and triggered a frenzy among locals, many of whom wanted to click selfies with it. The villagers wanted it to spread its feathers as some pulled its leg, some got hold of its tail and others tugged at its crest.
Police officers said the peacock died on the way to the police station.