As many as 5,000 swifts and swallows were released to the wild in Hon Dat district of the southern province of Kien Giang on December 29.

The wild birds were caught earlier by Duong Van Minh, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Nguyen Van Thua, Le Ngoc Quy and Nguyen Trong Tri, all live in Chau Thanh district.

According to local forest rangers, the birds will be sold to pilgrims at Ba Chua Xu temple. They will later release them in pray for good luck.

There are now many kinds of birds living along the 50 kilometre-long coastal protective forest in Hon Dat district. However, out of unawareness, the locals hunt down and illegally sell them.-VNA