The authorities of the mini zoo and deer safari at Bir Talab here refused to keep an injured swamp deer at the zoo on Thursday.
The swamp deer was found injured in the Lambi forest range with broken back legs crushed, perhaps, due to an accident on November 23. The forest officials had taken the deer to a veterinary hospital at Badal village, but the veterinarian there referred it to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, for treatment.
On Thursday, the forest officials brought the deer to the deer park, as veterinarians at the university said that the injuries of the deer were serious and could prove fatal.
However, authorities of the zoo refused to keep the deer in the safari after they came to know about its serious injuries.
District forest officer of Bathinda Sanjeev Tiwari said that they did not have a permanent veterinarian at the zoo so they cannot take proper care of the animal.
He said, “The deer has now been sent to the custody of the Akhil Bhartiya Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha (ABJRBS), Abohar, as they have all the facility and manpower to take care of the injured deer.”
Sources in the forest department said that the deer was badly injured and it is very hard to save its life, so the zoo authorities acted safely and did not want to take the responsibility.
President of Punjab unit of the ABJRBS, RD Bishnoi, said that they came to know about the injured animal from the sabha’s Gidderbaha unit after the zoo authorities refused to adopt it. We will take care of it and send it to Nagour in Rajasthan for treatment, he said.
The swamp deer falls in the schedule one category of animals for preservation in the Wild Animals Safety Act, 1972.