The list includes black-winged kite, Brahmani kite, Indian peafowl, aquatic birds like pond heron, cattle egret, parakeets, varieties of mynahs, house crow, Indian robin, monkeys, squirrels, common cobra, rat snake and green vine snake.
Kumar believes older generations should play an active role in helping youngsters realise the importance of preserving the environment.
“I started to train and gain practical experience from BBMP rescuers. As I started getting better at the job, I began to get calls from the BBMP control room,” he told TOI.
“People don’t know that the commonly used Chinese manja strings, used for flying kites, are very harmful to birds. They die when they get trapped in it,” he says.
A volunteer, Deepika S Dhakad, said, “In this busy world, Kumar takes time out for birds and animals in distress. Sometimes, he spends his own resources. It’s heartening to have people like him and we should always applaud such efforts.”