The Khyber Pakhtunkwa wildlife department foiled on Friday an attempt to smuggle 36 Demoiselle cranes, commonly known as Koonj in Pakistan.
The birds were recovered from a car near Dera Ismail Khan.
A man was detained too. Wildlife officials said that the he was smuggling the cranes from Zhob to Bannu. The birds were hidden inside the car.
The suspect was fined Rs100,000 for smuggling them.
The divisional raid party’s operation was led by Haji Farooq.
Koonj is a species of crane. Its scientific name is Grus Virgo. It’s the smallest among all crane species. These migratory birds travel long distances without landing for water or food.