Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 (LocalWire) Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) authorities here have sought expert advice of zookeepers in Tamil Nadu and Kerala to ensure the safety of six surviving anaconda snakelets following the death of these reptiles since past 72 hours.
While an anaconda snaklet died on Thursday, death of another baby reptile was reported today.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) in Chennai had gifted eight anacondas to NZP as part exchange programme.
“With back-to-back mortality, the zoo is currently left with six anacondas. Our utmost priority is to save these animals which are not showing healthy symptoms. That’s why we are in constant touch with vets of MCBT and zoo authorities in Thiruvananthapuram”, Jayant Kumar Das, deputy director of the zoo told the LocalWire.
“For the first time, the anacondas are being reared here in captivity.
The zoo vets and the veterinarians of government institute in Bhubaneswar lack expertise to deal with ailments afflicting the anaconda snakelets.
That’s why; the expert advice from the zoos in the southern states has been sought.
We expect arrival of vets from MCBT to take care of the health of the surviving anacondas”, he added.