Lone zebra in Odisha’s Nandankanan zoo found dead

Updated on Sep 25, 2017 02:13 PM IST

The zoo officials suspected that lightning might have killed the 2.5-year-old-zebra.

The zebra was brought to the Nandankanan Zoological Park from Israel’s Tel Aviv zoo in 2015.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
The zebra was brought to the Nandankanan Zoological Park from Israel’s Tel Aviv zoo in 2015.(Twitter/ANI Photo)
Press Trust of India, Bhubaneswar | ByPress Trust of India

The lone zebra in the Nandankanan Zoological Park here was found dead Monday morning, zoo officials said.

Though the reason for the death of the animal, the main attraction for visitors to the zoo, is yet to be ascertained, officials suspected that lightning might have killed the 2.5-year-old-zebra last evening.

The staff spotted the dead animal inside its enclosure Monday morning and brought the matter to the notice of the authorities.

There was injury marks on the animal’s body. The exact cause of the death could be ascertained only after post-mortem, an official release of the zoo said.

Four zebras were brought to the Nandankanan Zoological Park from Israel’s Tel Aviv zoo in 2015. While a three-year-old female zebra among them died on August 20 last year due to sickness, a two-year-old female zebra expired on October 29 the same year.

A two-and-a-half-year-old male zebra died in the zoo on May 30 due to stomach related illness.

Presently, the zoo has no more zebra to exhibit. The Zoo officials are communicating with other zoological parks to bring a zebra under an animal exchange programme, the official said.

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