Bhbaneswar,Sep 14 (LocalWire) Chandan, the lone male elephant living in captive environs of Nanadankanan zoo here, died early morning today due to suspected herpes viral infection, bringing down the number of pachyderms in the Zoological Park here to 6.
Meanwhile the park authorities have initiated steps to provide advance preventive treatment to remaining vulnerable elephants and to stop the viral infection spreading further.
The ten-year-old elephant succumbed to illness at 3.40 am.
It was not keeping good health for past two days. It was being subjected to veterinary care.
However it did not respond and died today, said Jayant Kumar Das, Deputy Director, Nandankanan zoo.
Since Septeber 13, it had turned immobile and had skipped food.
It lost its appetite with nasal discharge and swollen glands on both side of its face .The zoo vets tried their level best to revive, but failed, he said.
Currently Nandankanan zoo is captive home to six elephants, all female species.
Because of its natural ambiance and rich reserve of captive wildlife, the park continues to record impressive footfall every year.
The zoo witnessed a footfall of about 32.99 lakh visitors, including 1030 foreign tourists from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019.
The zoo nestled along the lush-green forest cover, swirling water bodies adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, is famous as country’s most scenic zoo amid the lap of nature.
It’s spread across 437 hectares on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar city. In terms of housing varied nature animals and birds, the Zoo stands next to Mysore in Karnataka, according to officials.