Bhubaneswar, Sept 19 (localWire): Nandankanan Zoo lost its third elephant in less than a month with a sub-adult female elephant dying today early morning due to suspected herpes viral infection, bringing down the number of pachyderms in the Park to five.
The deadly virus has claimed three elephants since 26 August when a female elephant Julie died of infection.
The zoo’s lone tusker Chandan died under similar circumstances on 15 September.
Meanwhile, the park authorities have initiated steps to provide advance preventive treatment to the remaining elephants and stop the viral infection from spreading further.
‘Six-year-old Kamala succumbed to suspected herpes viral infection.
She was not keeping good health for the past week and was under veterinary care. However, she did not respond and died today,’ said Jayant Kumar Das, deputy director, Nandankanan Zoo.
‘Kamala lost her appetite and had nasal discharge and swollen glands on both sides of the face.
The zoo vets tried their best to revive her but failed,’ he added.
The zoo authorities have taken best possible measures to ensure that the captive elephants are free from the fatal viral disease.
All the five female elephants have been segregated as the virus-borne disease spreads with elephants coming in physical contact with each other.
The zoo veterinarians are in constant touch with the veterinary wing of Orissa University of Agriculture Technology and veterinarians of Assam.