Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vishnu’s condition deteriorates further.

KANPUR: Chances of Asiatic lion Vishnu's survival are quite bleak as its health has deteriorated further. Divisional forest officer (DFO), Chambal, Anil Patel said, "Vishnu's condition has worsened further and nothing much can be said about its recovery." A senior forest official at Lion Safari in Etawah said, "Vishnu has stopped eating and is on drip. The animal is being administered antibiotics, nervine tonics and other necessary life-saving drugs. It's condition is quite serious and survival chances bleak."

Senior veterinarian of Karnataka's Banner Ghatta Zoo Nag Raja, who arrived on Wednesday last to treat Vishnu, too has lost hope of Vishnu's survival, claimed a source. Currently, Vishnu is under the treatment of senior veterinarians, including Vikas Singh, RK Singh and Kuldeep Dwivedi, and has been kept in isolation to prevent the spread of the mysterious disease. Safari officials said that the remaining three pairs of Asiatic lions were being screened regularly to check spread of the virus. Vishnu and Lakshmi had arrived from Hyderabad Zoo.

After being housed in Allen Forest Zoo of Kanpur, the pair was shifted to the Lion Safari on September 10, this year by road resulting in injuries to them. In October, the pair suffered multiple infections and partial paralysis in the hind portion. Experts from Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Bareilly and Mathura Veterinary College were roped in for the treatment along with doctors from Kanpur and Lucknow zoos. The forest department also sought expert advice from Junagadh Zoo in Gujarat, Bear Rescue Centre at Agra and Longleat Park in London. However, on October 30, Lakshmi died following cardio-respiratory failure.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav too had visited the safari on October 23 to take stock of the condition of the lion pair. The Etawah Lion Safari is a dream project of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh. The project was initiated in 2005 but the work started in May 2013 following environmental clearance.

Meanwhile, divisional forest officer (DFO), Chambal, Anil Patel said that forest department officials were in touch with their Gujarat counterparts and the latter have promised to provide a pair of lions. He further said that the pair of lions was expected to arrive in December.

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