With the deaths of four more blackbucks under mysterious circumstances inside the Lucknow Zoo on Tuesday,the total number of stocky gazelles that have died in the last three days has risen to 10. Now,there are only 34 blackbucks left in the zoo.
Forest officials say the deaths are sudden and they have not been able to find out the exact reason behind them.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Rupak De said prima facie it appears that the creatures had some problems in their lungs,adding that post-mortem suggests some form of pneumonia-like disease.
A team of veterinarians from Bareilly-based Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has collected samples from the dead blackbucks but are yet to conclude the exact cause of death. The IVRI will be able to throw some light on these deaths post the pathological tests on the samples they have collected,De said.
Left confused,the chief has nevertheless started giving precautionary medication to the remaining ones. As the blackbucks did not show any visible symptoms of sickness before their death,it is not easy to detect if other blackbucks are affected, De said.
Minister of State for Zoological Gardens Shiv Pratap Yadav said IVRI experts have said they will be able
to give their opinion on the tests by Wednesday,after which they will decide on further action.