Six deer die on way to Sunderbans

Six spotted deer died on Thursday while being taken to the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve from a deer park in North 24 Parganas.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:August 20, 2010 3:40 am

Six spotted deer died on Thursday while being taken to the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve from a deer park in North 24 Parganas. According to forest officials,25 deer were being transported from Paramdan Deer Park.

Forest officials say the deer died of heart failure — which could be due to a number of factors,that include the transportation stress and the high temperature.

According to Subrata Mukherjee,director of Sunderban Tiger Reserve,the animals died out of “hyperthermia” — a shock-like condition which they experience even during tranquilising.

The officials had set out with the animals at 3 pm on Wednesday. They were supposed to cover the 200-km distance by nightfall. But the road was not too good and the animals needed to be shifted from trucks to tractors. The officials expect they might have got the shock during the transfer.

The forest officials have ruled out any inquiry.

“About 20 per cent deer die during capture and translocation and this is not unusual,” said Atanu Raha,Principal Chief Conservator Of Forest. “We are carrying out a postmortem of the animals.”

The decision to release the deer in the tiger reserve had been taken to increase the predator count. Deer from other areas,including Kolkata’s Alipore Zoo,were to be moved there too.

Raha said deer is a prolific breeder and their number is quite high in the state. According to forest officials,Parmadan Deer Park has around 450 deer,though it has a capacity of 150.

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