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Hyderabad: 44-yr-old she-elephant Jamuna laid to rest

Hyderabad: 44-yr-old she-elephant Jamuna laid to rest
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A 44-year-old she-elephant (Jamuna), which was undergoing treatment for some time, breathed her last at Zoo Park on Tuesday evening.

Bahadurpura: A 44-year-old she-elephant (Jamuna), which was undergoing treatment for some time, breathed her last at Zoo Park on Tuesday evening. The officials of Nehru Zoological Park informed that the elephant was suffering with sprain in hind legs for the last three months and was unable to sleep in the night due to the pain. She was treated for the same by Dr M Navin Kumar, (Rtd) deputy director and zoo consultant and veterinarian.

As part of her treatment she was regularly given antibiotics, pain killers and multi-vitamins boluses in the feed to improve the health condition. Her blood sample, urine sample and fecal sample were sent for laboratory analysis to the Veterinary Biological Research Institute, Shanti Nagar in the City. “We have provided doses of antibiotics to subside the kidney infection. The animal was kept under constant health monitoring and taking care to recover the health condition,” informed the officials.

Later after her health deteriorated Dr Manoharan, Wildlife Veterinary Officer, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu visited Zoo in April and given certain suggestions like modification of diet, walk on the sand bed, which were being followed up. Later opinions of Dr Padmaja, professor and head of Veterinary Medicine Department, Veterinary University, College of Veterinary Science, Rajendranagar and Dr Jayakumar, elephant expert in elephant camp at Khoni, Kerala were also taken. On June 11, the elephant was shifted to the fodder plot in zoo for better treatment to avoid any disturbance from the visitors.

However, the animal suddenly fell down on June 19 afternoon hours. The doctors’ team rushed to the spot and gave emergency life saving drugs in IV fluids. However, the animal died by evening. The post mortem was conducted by the zoo veterinarians, Dr M A Muqueeth, Assistant Director, VBRI, Shantinagar, Hyderabad. Dr M A Navin, Kumar, Deputy Director (Retired), Dr Sadhanand Sontakke, Sr Scientist, LaCONES, Hyderabad. As per post mortem a multiple organ failure was the cause for the death of the elephant.

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