Supriya Sahu, Secretary, Environment and Forests, Tamil Nadu, visited the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur on Friday, a tweet on her timeline stated. She interacted with vets and officers and reviewed the treatment protocol being administered to the lions on the zoo.
Last week, a lioness died and 9 others examined optimistic for COVID-19 on the zoo. A press launch from the zoo stated of the samples from three lions and 4 tigers despatched to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, for testing, two samples of lions had been mildly optimistic (low stage an infection) for canine distemper virus (CDV). The remaining 5 samples examined detrimental for CDV and different pathogens. The samples are being examined for SARS CoV-2 and different secondary pathogens, the discharge stated.
In a separate tweet, Ms. Sahu stated two chimpanzees, Gombe and Gowri had turn into proud mother and father of a child on Wednesday.
Gombe, aged 28, and Gowri (Susie), aged 23, are one of many main attractionsat the Vandalur zoo.
On Wednesday, Gowri gave beginning to a child chimpanzee. The mom and baby are wholesome and are beneath the continual monitoring of the veterinary group.
The primates are lively in the course of the day, trying to find meals and feed, in accordance to a press launch from the Deputy Director of the zoo.
Chimpanzees are an endangered species, endemic to the African continent. In 2015, a 52-year-old feminine chimpanzee, Tun Tun, died on the zoo. It was introduced from the Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkatta as a part of an animal alternate programme in 1998.