The contaminated Asiatic lions on the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly generally known as Vandalur zoo right here, have been quarantined and on a routine of antibiotics and different prophylactic medication.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who visited the zoo on Sunday and took inventory of the scenario, directed the officers of Setting & Forest division and the power to offer the most effective remedy to the contaminated lions as per protocols.
Additionally, he instructed the authorities to make sure correct vaccination is run to all animal handlers and officers on the zoo the place the primary occasion of COVID-19 was discovered among the many lions.
Stalin, who can be the Chairperson of Zoo Authority of Tamil Nadu, was taken across the enclosures by the eco-friendly battery operated automobile.
Director of the Zoo, Debasis Jana defined to the CM concerning the measures taken on floor to watch all animals and meticulously observe all SOPs and remedy protocols as suggested by Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences College (TANUVAS).
The zoo authorities knowledgeable that 7 samples of three lions and four tigers had been despatched to Indian Veterinary Analysis Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly, for detailed evaluation.
The samples of all lions are additionally being analysed by genetic sequencing within the Centre for Cellullar and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, to seek out the pressure of the virus that contaminated them.
“This evaluation is predicted to throw higher insights into the explanations and prospects of COVID-19 contraction by animals,” the discharge from the federal government stated.
The park’s veterinarian staff led by Sridhar defined to Stalin the course of the remedy being given to the contaminated lions and likewise monitoring the well being of different animals of the zoo.
The officers defined concerning the measures taken to determine the causes of such infections because the chief minister went across the lion and tiger enclosures and lion safari areas.
The COVID-19 outbreak was reported within the Asiatic lions on the zoo on June three, when a 9-year-old lioness, Neela, succumbed to the illness.
Few lions had been discovered symptomatic, an official launch from the federal government stated.
Samples from the 11 lions had been despatched to iCAR-NIHSAD lab, Bhopal for testing.
Samples of tigers and different massive mammals had been additionally being despatched for testing.
All of the Asiatic lions had been quarantined and placed on a routine of antibiotics and different prophylactic medication with the assistance of veterinarians and specialists from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences College, the discharge stated.
State Rural Industries minister TM Anbarasan, Setting, Forests and Local weather Change principal secretary Supriya Sahu had been amongst those that accompanied the chief minister through the go to.
Related incidents of the lions getting contaminated had been reported earlier on the lion enclosures in Hyderabad and Jaipur zoo and Etawah (UP) lion safari.
As a precautionary measure, the federal government closed all of the zoos to guests within the state from April 20 this 12 months.