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Asiatic lion Shankar dies of illness in Mysuru zoo

Shankar an Asiatic lion, brought to the zoo five years ago from Sakkarbaugh Zoo, Junagadh, Gujarat, as part of an animal exchange pro­gramme breathed its last on Monday.

The lion, eight- years and two months old, had be­come dull and stopped eat­ing since April 30. On May 2, the animal was taken into the squeeze cage and the treat­ment was begun.

A press release from Ex­ecutive Director Mysuru Zoo S Venkatesan stated: “We got in touch with veterinarians of Hyderabad Zoo Lion Safari and Shivamogga Lion Safari on treating the animal. On May 7, C Ansar Kamran, Depart­ment of Medicine, Veterinary College, Hassan, was called and his opinion sought.”

Blood examination revealed that the animal was suffering from kidney and liver problems, he said and added that the treatment was continued since Mon­day morning but the animal showed no interest in food.

With the death of the lion, the zoo is now left with an Asiatic lioness, Gowri, who was brought along with Shankar from Gujarat.

But Gowri too has health problems and has not fully recovered from an ailment despite treatment. Gowri had once delivered a cub which did not survive.

Bird Flu: Mysuru Zoo on high alert

Following a suspected out­break of avian influenza (H5N1) in Bidar district the zoo management has re­solved to put in place pre­ventive measures to check the spread of the suspected flu.

The Mysuru Zoo Execu­tive Director said that the zoo management has stopped procurement of chicken and eggs as a precautionary measure and that alterna­tive arrangements have been made, he added.

The zoo management is on alert and all possible steps have been taken to ensure the safety of animals and birds in the zoo, he said.

Since migratory birds, which are carriers of avian influenza, roost in the nature park precincts, the staff at the park has been asked to be watchful and report bird deaths, if any, immediately to higher authorities.

Foot dips were maintained both at visitor’s entrance, ve­hicle entry gates and all the animal enclosures. As a pro­phylactic measures all the birds have been given medi­cation. In any case a bird is found dull the attenders were told to inform the manage­ment.

Faecal samples of such birds would be collected and sent to a bigger lab, if neces­sary, or else would be tested at the zoo lab. For general screening, faecal samples are being collected since Monday.

For time being we have stopped procurement of live fowl and eggs from the retail market.

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