Mysuru Zoo, Karanji Lake, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary put on high alert over bird flu scare

Mysuru, January 7:- Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Karanji Lake Nature Park, Ranganathittu and Bird Sanctuary have been put on high alert over bird flu scare in Kerala.

The Mysuru Zoo was shut down in January 2017 after the bird flu scare for over a month as a precaution. The zoo has made it a practice since the last three years to send the blood samples and bird droppings for routine tests every month to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal after the 2017 scare. The zoo authorities have been maintaining the records of health data of all birds for three years.

The zoo authority will send the blood tests and bird dropping twice in a month due to renewed bird flu scare this year.

The officials are also keeping a watch on the migratory birds roosting at the premises of Karanji Lake which is home to migratory birds. Biodiversity measures are in place in every bird enclosure at the zoo and the park.

Meanwhile, the Forest Department officials are also on alert at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapattana taluk over bird flu scare.

The authorities have been monitoring the nesting birds’ behaviour at the island and any unnatural deaths will be reported to higher authorities for remedial measures. Surveillance has been stepped up not just in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary but also at Kokkare Bellur near Maddur where a lot of migratory birds roost. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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