Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lion pair suffering from multiple infections.

The pair of Asiatic lions sent from the Kanpur zoo to Etawah Lion Safari last month is suffering from 'multiple infections', including a viral infection that has caused them paralysis. Top Indian and foreign experts have been approached for advise in this connection.

Confirming this information, forest department sources said lion Vishnu and lioness Lakshmi were segregated and hospitalized in the safari soon after they showed symptoms of paralysis. The condition of the pair is still critical but according to the veterinarians treating them, they were recovering.

Etawah Lion Safari director K K Singh told TOI, "According to the part report prepared by the scientists of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly, the lions are suffering from multiple infections for which they are being treated by the best doctors. Advise is also being sought from top experts." He claimed that reports indicate that Lakshmi has recovered completely from leptospirosis."A close watch is being kept on their health by a panel of the doctors from Kanpur as well as Lucknow zoo. Not only this, advise of vets from Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in the UK has also been sought. A veterinarian in Pune and experts of Junagarh zoo have also been approached in this connection," he added.

However, Singh said as he was yet to receive the full text report, he was not in a position to divulge the exact cause of the illness. He, however, added that the treatment was progressing in the right direction.

Asked why experts of Longleat Adventure Park in the UK were consulted, Singh said that they had faced similar problem and successfully tackled it.

Sources, meanwhile, said "the lions have become very weak and are unable to stand".

Earlier, while being shifted from the Hyderabad zoo to Kanpur zoo in April 2013, the pair sustained multiple injuries. Later, the lioness contracted bacterial disease leptospirosis. On September 11, the lions during transit to lion safari from Kanpur zoo, were again injured due to alleged over-speeding of the vehicle in which they were being shifted.

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