Thursday, February 11, 2010

Five black bucks die in Rajkot zoo.

PTIMonday, February 1, 2010 19:02 IST Email

Ahmedabad: Five black bucks, two male and three female, have died at Rajkot zoo due to internal injury and brain haemorrhage, zoo officials said today.

"Yesterday night two stray dogs from the nearby locality entered the black buck enclosure which frightened the sensitive animal," Zoo Superintendent MG Maradia told PTI. The incident came to light today morning when the zoo officials found bodies of the animals.

"The black bucks started running inside the enclosure and in the process banged into each other and the walls of the enclosure which caused internal injuries and brain haemorrhage that led to their death," he said.

"In one or two animals we have observed dog bite marks on the neck and hip portions," he added.

Maradia said that the incident which continued for over two hours yesterday night also indicates a lapse in the security installed at the zoo, which is spread over 130-acre land.

"We have security personnel on guard for 24 hours for each enclosure. How this incident happened and nobody came to know about it raises many questions about security," he added.

Meanwhile the Rajkot Municipal Corporation authorities have ordered an inquiry into the matter. According to the State Forest Department there are over 20,000 black bucks in Gujarat.

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