WHILE THE citizens are facing the mosquito induced fatal diseases in the city, the zoo inmates are enjoying the transitory season. For them the season is a ‘healthy one’ and they relish it very much.
The zoo veterinary doctor UC Srivastava told Hindustan Times that the existing weather conditions were very congenial to the zoo inmates. The weather was disease free for the animals. Very seldom, the inmates fell sick or suffered from stomach disorders during this season.
He said, “Though it is the breeding season for several kinds of mosquitoes and other insects, which thrive amidst filth. But since at zoo we take extra precautions to keep it neat and clean the scope of healthy breeding of non-friendly insects dies out. We do not allow the night soil to remain in the enclosures. It is the duty of the enclosure keepers to ensure the removal of the animal excreta.”
He, however, said due to thick greenery all around the zoo campus mosquitoes did exist but due to natural resistance against the mosquitoes bite among the animals, mosquitoes did not make the animals sick. There were very cases reported about the diseases caused to the animals due to mosquito bite in the zoo.
Dr Srivastava further said that there has been no reported case that a particular mosquito caused ailment among the animals, no studies were conducted to know about the property of mosquitoes, which could make the animal sick by biting it.
Above all, almost all the animals have genetically developed immunity towards dangerous mosquitoes, as living in dense forests made them sturdy. They could only suffer if poisonous insects like snake bit them
He said, however, in any case no chance is left to repent over the illness of the animal here, and regular efforts were made to keep the enclosures free from water stagnation and excreta degradation inside the enclosures.