Chennai: Nine of the eleven captive lions at Arignar Anna Zoological park, at Vandalur attain Chennai include tested obvious for SARS-CoV-2 an infection, as per a bellow issued by the zoo authorities. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.
Neela, a 9-year former lion housed in the zoo, died on Thursday evening, after exhibiting some nasal discharge on Wednesday. Authorities withhold that the lion was as soon as supplied remedy immediately after it displayed indicators.
Based on zoo authorities, it was as soon as on Could 26 that five lions in the Animal House 1 of the Safari Park jam had been reported to declare loss of appetite (anorexia) and low coughing. Following which, an in-dwelling veterinary team along with these from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (TANUVAS) took immediate action and supplied remedy.
The blood samples and nasal swabs had been sent to TANUVAS. While, rectal swab and fecal samples of the 11 lions had been sent to National Institute of High Safety Ailments (NIHSAD) Bhopal, which is amongst the designated institutes to soak up SARS COV-2 attempting out in captive animals.
As per the take a look at outcomes, 9 of the 11 lions tested COVID-19 obvious. In repeat to establish whether or now not the reported outcomes are fraudulent positives or the animal will include died of diversified considerations (comorbidities), further samples include also been taken.
They had been sent on Friday to the Indian Veterinary Research institute Bareilly and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.
“Your whole lions which include tested obvious are under shut bellow and on prescribed remedy regimen by the in-dwelling veterinary team in shut co-ordination with expert team from TANUVAS. All animal keepers and helpers for these animal properties are vaccinated against COVID-19. Separate situation of animal keepers are engaged for each and each crew of lions. PPE Kits are valuable for the animal keepers, veterinary scientific doctors and enviornment staff visiting the jam,” the bellow read.
The Zoo authorities withhold that they include got been following the precautions factors by the Central Zoo Authority, the Central and the Insist Governments infrequently. In addition they add that measures to quit diseases(prophylactic measures) are being undertaken for the diversified families of animals similar to felids (cats), mustelids (mammals of the weasel family), viverrids(tiny-medium mammals) and primates. These disease preventive steps are acknowledged to be taken in consultation with consultants from TANUVAS, Veterinarians of Hyderabad Zoo and Bronx Zoo.