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Jamshedpur: IAHVB Kolkata team inspects tiger cells at Tata Zoo

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Jamshedpur, March 29: Following deaths of a cub and a tigress, a two-member team from ‎Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB), Kolkata took stock of the situation by carrying examination of the cells and enclosures hosting tigers at Tata Steel Zoological Park on Thursday afternoon.

Assistant directors of IAHVB Dr Mritunjay Mandal and Dr Pralay Mandal, who have been deputed by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to visit the private zoo.

The team examined the tiger cells, its upkeep and cleanliness as well as the overall management of the big cats.
They did the same exercise at the lion and leopard areas and took down notes about their findings.

Tata zoo director Bipul Chakravarty, vet Manik Palit and Arun Vidyut from Jusco housekeeping wing accompanied the team. The vets from the IAHVB questioned Palit about the measures adopted for preventing the infection and also about the health of the big cats and other animals. The team will collect blood samples of the big cats tomorrow.

A seven-month-old female tiger cub died of Babesiosis on March 18 and the tigress Ahana succumbed to the same disease on Sunday.

The female tigress Ahana, aged three and half years, died in the Zoological Park on the night of March 25. The sub-adult female tigress Ahana was born to Shanti and Raghav on August 28, 2014 at the Tata Steel Zoological Park.

Ahana had gone off feed since the last one week. She was put under symptomatic treatment for Babesiosis, but her condition had started deteriorating in the last 2-3 days and she succumbed to the disease.

Meanwhile, Tata Steel Zoological Park officials said that they are taking all necessary steps in an escalated manner to control spread of the disease Babesiosis which proved fatal for two female tigers recently, even as counter measures were in place.

Currently two affected cubs are on the road to recovery while other tigers, lions and leopards are exhibiting normal behavior and appetite and have been put under continuous observation as a precautionary measure.

While Tata Steel Zoological Park authorities are sparing no efforts on fronts to prevent any further occurrence of the disease, worthwhile to mention that a panel of experts from the field has been consulted and treatment as well as other prevention measures put in place as per best practices available on all fronts.

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