With the mercury soaring,the Chhatbir zoo authorities are gearing up to keep the animals and birds in captivity cool,calm and collected. Coolers are in place as are special roofs and water moats. In the diet list,potatoes have gone off the menu and melons,cucumbers and mangoes have made their way for the nearly 950 inmates who are set to chill out this summer.
Wild animals mostly sleep during day time. They also suffer from seasonal diseases and hairfall,their appetite usually falls during summer and become lethargic. Special care has be taken of the young ones, informed a veterinarian,adding that during summer animals like to stay around water bodies. Interestingly,special oil massage treatments are carried out for the zoos five elephants.
Sources informed that the authorities have removed the sheets that were placed last winter in enclosures to protect inmates from cold winds and coolers have already been installed for various enclosures.
Herbivores diet will eventually be altered to carbohydrate-rich diet that includes cucumber,papaya and watermelon. The black bear pair and their cub are from cool climate and therefore given more attention. They have a fan to themselves now. The white tigers,brought from colder regions,will have to cool themselves in the moat waters. said the veterinary official.
Pneumonia,typhoid and heat strokes are common among the animals in summer but regular checkups are carried out to good effect. Also,for the birds,they are given additional doses of Vitamin B and C as their metabolic rate goes down when the atmospheric temperature increases,he further added.