Bhubaneswar, Sept 16 (LocalWire): Nandankanan Zoological Park authorities today denied the death of two more elephants and termed the reports that have gone viral in social media as rumours.
The zoo is presently home to six female elephants after the death of Chandan, the 10-year-old male pachyderm yesterday.
‘There is no iota of veracity of reports on the death of two more elephants,’ said Jayanta Kumar Das, NZP deputy director.
As the male elephant died of deadly herpes virus infection, the zoo authorities have taken best possible measure to ensure that the captive elephants are free from the fatal disease.
All the six elephants are segregated as the virus-borne disease spreads with the animals 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.
‘As chances of the animals surviving once they are infected with herpes is very remote, the veterinarians have taken preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease.
The blood samples of other elephants are being tested. Once infected with herpes, there is a drop in the platelet count of blood.
If we find low platelet count in the diagnostic report, the anti-viral doses will be administered to these vulnerable elephants,’ added NZP deputy director.