This handout picture taken on March 6, 2023 and received as a courtesy of Mohammad Arif shows Indian farmer Mohammad Arif along with Sarus crane at his residence in Amethi, in India's Uttar Pradesh state.
Arif whose extraordinary bond with a large bird made him a social media star has asked for his feathered friend to be set free after it was captured by wildlife authorities.
Sarus crane that became a social media sensation in India for its friendship with a man in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.
custody by authorities.
It was later taken into custody by authorities. The state bird of Uttar Pradesh, the Sarus crane is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, and it is illegal to keep it as a pet.
Arif Khan Gurjar's house
The crane had become a regular visitor to Arif Khan Gurjar's house after he rescued it from an injury in a field.
viral on social media
The visuals of the bird following Arif on his scooter had gone viral on social media