In a shocking incident, at least eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park have contracted the COVID-19. Reportedly, the zoo officials observed COVID-like symptoms in the lions and conducted an RT-PCR test after which the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology on April 29 confirmed about the positive results. Meanwhile, zoo director Dr Siddhanand Kukrety said, "The lions are doing well." This is the first such case in… read-more
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The Delhi High Court has asked the central government to frame rules for exotic species that are not protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Filed by animal rights group 'PETA', the plea sought a status for a rescued hippopotamus. Moreover, the court directed the authorities to permanently keep the hippo in a Jamnagar facility. Reportedly, the hippo was found in poor health from an Asiad circus.
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Delhi’s National Zoological Park on April 1 witnessed over 1600 visitors as it reopened after being shut for almost a year due to the pandemic. Zoo director Ramesh Pandey informed that 483 tickets worth Rs 1.18 lakh were sold as the visitors came in two shifts. Ensuring social distancing and opening more entry points, the officials are also assessing captive animals' reactions on seeing people after over a year.
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In a 'Rajat Tula' event organised by Samast Mahajan Trust on March 29, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was weighed against 85 kilograms of silver. After the event, the CM donated the silver to cow shelters in the state for the welfare of livestock. Mentioning Karuna Abhiyan that aims at treating birds injured by the kite strings, CM Rupani said his government has also inducted 350 veterinary vans into the service.
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Death of at least four elephants in last 11 days due to suspected bacterial infection at Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha's Kalahandi district has alarmed the forest department. While the first incident surfaced on February 1, the latest jumbo death was recorded on February 11. Asking the Veterinary college experts to conduct an on-spot analysis of deaths, the forest officials have warned locals to not allow their cattle into the forest… read-more
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Few residents of Manali’s Hurling village for the first time have spotted the Himalayan Serow - a threatened species - in Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu and Chamba region. Forest conservator Anil Thakur believed that it might have wandered from its habitat Rupi Bhawa Wildlife Sanctuary. After spotting the animal, the forest department has called its officials led by DFO Hardev Negi to keep a track of the threatened animal.
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The US Department of Transport (DOT) has discontinued the facility of emotional support animals as service animals in the airlines. The department took the decision after passengers started "fraudulently representing their pets as service animals" to avoid transport charges. However, only dogs are allowed as service animals since the trained dogs are beneficial for disabled passengers, though the airports can verify their training and health… read-more
India's most popular and the only chimpanzee in the Hyderabad zoo, Suzi, succumbed to a heart-stroke on November 12. The 34-year-old was one among the few chimps left in Indian zoos and was widely popular among the zookeepers and visitors. An autopsy report revealed that the chimp's lungs and heart had failed, which lead to a stroke. Interestingly, Suzi was once a pet of the Sahara group's owner Subrata Roy.
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The Kerala government has planned to expand and renovate Elephant Rehabilitation Centre at Thiruvananthapuram's Kottur to attract tourists. The project would be undertaken with a funding of Rs 108 crore from Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. The construction will cover around 176 hectares of forest including various amenities like a veterinary hospital, museum and cemetery among others. The centre will also have a system to produce… read-more
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164 parasite-infested dogs crammed in a 30 square-metre house under shelves and under chair-tables were rescued by health officials in Izumo, Japan. The Public Health Officials had raided the house sever years ago as well when the neighbors complained of 'bad smell'. However, the owners had not cooperated at the time. Activist Kunihisa Sagami and his group are now on the move to provide foster homes and medical help to the dogs.
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