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Delhi Zoo all set to welcome Ayodhya, the rhinoceros

The National Zoological Park is also gifting away three female brow-antlered deer to the Patna zoo.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2016 1:58:03 pm
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Delhi zoo is all set to welcome back Ayodhya, a 23-year-old rhinoceros that was born there in 1992 and sent to Patna under an exchange programme.

“Ayodhya, which was born in the Delhi zoo in December 1992 and sent to Patna under an exchange programme, is being brought back here. In return, an 18-year-old rhino Maheshwari, also born here, is being sent to Patna,” Riyaz Khan, zoo curator said.

The National Zoological Park is also gifting away three female brow-antlered deer to the Patna zoo.

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“We have always recorded healthy and excessive births of brow-antlered deer. We have so far provided deer to 89 zoos across the country, including the animals’ native place Imphal,” Khan said.

The zoo currently has 50 brow-antlered deer, he said, adding 11 were born this year.

The zoo official refuted a recent report about the death of a sloth bear.

“The bear had issues with eating. So we admitted him to the zoo hospital earlier this month. He is now being treated and is fine. Reports of his death by a daily recently is false,” Khan said.

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