Samples collected from 11 huge cats at Ranchi Zoo for Covid exams | Ranchi Information

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Ranchi: As many as 11 huge cats from Ranchi’s Bhagwan Birsa Organic Park have been screened for doable Covid-19 infections on Saturday. Their nasopharyngeal swabs and blood samples have been collected by a staff of veterinary medical doctors and despatched to the Indian Veterinary Analysis Institute (IVRI) laboratory in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly for RT-PCR exams.
Speaking to TOI, zoo director Y Ok Das mentioned, “Among the many huge cats screened on Saturday have been leopards and lions. We now have 21 huge cats within the zoo and all of their swabs will likely be collected for Covid-19 exams.” The zoo, unfold over 104 hectares, has 9 tigers, eight leopards (together with one black panther) and 4 lions at present.
The screening for large cats within the zoo was held two days after Shiva, a 10-year-old male tiger, died of kidney and liver illnesses on the evening of June 4. The tiger, nonetheless, had a excessive fever and lack of urge for food since Could 31, inflicting the park administration to suspect a doable Covid-19 an infection. Swabs and blood samples of Shiva have been despatched to IVRI Bareilly for RT-PCR exams on Friday after he examined destructive for Covid-19 in a speedy antigen check, the park administration had mentioned. The outcomes of Shiva’s RT-PCR exams are anticipated in every week.
Das mentioned moreover sanitizing the enclosures with antiviral medication and screening the felines for Covid-19, all different species of animals, that are featured in Schedule I of the Wildlife Safety Act of 1972, will likely be put by way of an annual bodily examination in June yearly to search for signs of indicators of doable severe illnesses of kidneys, hearts, lung and different organs.
Sloth bear dies in zoo
In the meantime, a 10-year-old feminine sloth bear died of accidents after she was attacked by a 12-year-old male sloth bear on Saturday. The incident occurred round 4:30 pm within the bear enclosure. Das mentioned the male bear, Chotu, attacked the feminine throughout mating. The feminine bear was dropped at the zoo from Jamtara after being rescued from a Madari. Nonetheless, given the truth that bears do flip aggressive throughout mating, questions are being requested as to why extra cage keepers weren’t deployed across the enclosure to stop such an incident.

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