THE BIG bang and power cuts robbed citizens of their sleep this Diwali in several localities, but for zoo inmates it was a very peaceful festival.
Diwali revelers did not pay much heed to the district administration ban on fireworks after 10 pm. The ‘light and sound’ show went on well past midnight.
This had disturbed the sleep of citizens, especially patients.
But the zoo inmates faced no such problems. A drop in the number of visitors ensured that the animals got the opportunity to have peaceful day, relish the silence and enjoy cool breeze.
The zoo staff ensured the safety and security of the inmates against the possible acts of teasing by visitors. Visitors often terrorise animals by firing from toy pistols or throw live crackers into the enclosure. In the night hours too the animals enjoyed sound sleep.
Zoo director R Hemant Kumar said trees acted as effective sound filters and barriers. The large number of trees around the zoo did not let sound to pass through it, he added.
Besides, they CSA farm, UPSRTC workshop, Kamla Retreat and the Forest Office acted as buffers for the zoo. Only the diffused sound that penetrated the zoo was too ineffective to trouble animals.
Kumar said the zoo was the coziest place for animals and visitors alike.