Tamil Nadu: Antibiotic treatment of infected Asiatic lions, CM visits zoo

Chennai, June 6 (PTI) Infected Asiatic lions are being isolated and treated with antibiotics and other anti-diseases at the Arignar Anna Biological Park (AAZP) in Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai. People commonly know this zoo by the name of Vendalur Zoo.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin visited the zoo on Sunday to take stock of the situation. He directed the officials of the Environment and Forest Department and the zoo to give the best treatment to the infected lions as per the rules.

He asked the officials to ensure that all the staff of the zoo and the caretakers of the animals here are vaccinated. Let us inform that for the first time, a case of Asiatic lions being infected with the corona virus has come to the fore.

Stalin is also the chairman of the Tamil Nadu Zoo Authority. He visited the animal enclosures in a battery operated vehicle.

Zoo director Debashish Jena apprised the Chief Minister about the method being followed for animal monitoring and the standard operating procedure and treatment prescribed by the Central Zoo Authority and Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Biological Sciences.

Zoo officials said samples of three lions and four tigers have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly for testing.

He said the samples of all the lions were sent to the Hyderabad-based Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology for genetic sequencing to find out the type of virus that infects them.

Significantly, on June 3, when Asiatic lions in the zoo were found infected with the corona virus, nine-year-old lioness Neela died of the infection.

The government said in an official release that symptoms of infection have been found in some more lions.

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