Two days after a giraffe died at the National Zoological Park due to intestinal infection, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has ordered the testing of the water quality at the zoo.
Anita, 15-year-old female giraffe, had died on Thursday due to a haemorrhage in her stomach.
BS Bonal, CZA's member secretary, said, "The cause of infection is still not clear and it is only a suspicion that it can be due to impure water. We have asked the zoo administration to conduct tests to check the quality of water."
The zoo authorities will need to take up the matter with the Delhi Jal Board if the water is found infected. The DJB is the authority that supplies potable water to the zoo.
After a severe bout of loose motions since Wednesday, Anita was found dead on Thursday morning. The post-mortem revealed Anita suffered acute enteritis resulting in haemorrhage in stomach.
Even when the moat around the giraffe's enclosure does not contain water, there is a small tank constructed to enable the long-necked animal to drink water from it.
AK Agnihotri, the zoo's director, said work to lift samples from all places that have water has started and the first sample has already been sent to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Stating that the zoo administration is exercising every possible precaution when it comes to water for the animals, Agnihotri said, "With wild animals, it is hard to ensure that they drink safe water as the animals sometime defecate in the same pots from which they drink water."
The work to lift all samples will be carried out as early as possible, the officer said.