Rasheda Akhter struggled to get a look at the macaws as her toddler Rakibul was unwilling to move from the stall of rainbow budgerigars. The chirping of the colourful little birds captivated the child.
They were among hundreds of visitors at the daylong “Pet Bird, Pigeon and Pet Animal Fair” at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) in Chattogram city on Saturday.
“We look forward to this fair every year. Being animal lovers, it has been a great place to visit for both me and my son for the last couple of years,” said Rasheda.
This was the fourth edition of the fair organised jointly by CVASU, Chittagong Bird Breeders Association (CBBA), Rasifish, Chattogram Bagan Paribar, Society of Rise for Paws and Claws (RFPC), and Birds and Pet Animals Clinic on the university central field.
There were 50 stalls exhibiting around 160 species of birds, several breeds of animals and aquatic lives and plants, said university officials. None of the animals were for sale.
Different birds and animal breeder groups and sellers like Chittagong High Flyer Zone, CBBA, Animal Care of Chittagong (ACC), RFPC, Rasifish, and Chittagong Bonsai Society set their stalls in the fair.
The birds on display included cockatiel, sun conure, yellow sided conure, green naped lorikeet, chattering lorry, pied ringneck, and violet ringneck.
The stall of CBBA was the biggest in the exhibition with two stalls for budgerigars and macaws while High Flyer Zone exhibited different breeds of racer pigeons.
At RFPC's stall, visitors could interact with Persian cats, Labradors, and German shepherds while various breeds of rabbits were exhibited at ACC's stall.
Rasifish exhibited red eared turtle and clown fish, triggerfish, blue regal tank etc.
Meanwhile, tree lovers gathered at the bonsai stall where jade plant, banyan, Barbados cherry, pakur, geoa and bougainvillea were available. The price of the bonsais ranged from Tk 3,000 to Tk 20,000.
Positive Thinkers, a voluntary organisation, kept the premises clean by removing trash and cleaning the grounds in regular intervals.