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Moti is normal, zoo reopens

WITH THE rampaging pachyderm Moti being tamed, thanks to the deft ministrations of septuagenarian mahout Ameer Mohammed, the IMC threw open the gates of the Kamla Nehru Zoo to the public on Saturday.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 13:23 IST

WITH THE rampaging pachyderm Moti being tamed, thanks to the deft ministrations of septuagenarian mahout Ameer Mohammed, the IMC threw open the gates of the Kamla Nehru Zoo to the public on Saturday.

However, ‘parted the doors just a crack’ would perhaps be a more apt expression here, given the trepidation that marked the zoo’s reopening. Large number of zoo officials, as well as well as the Corporation’s full contingent of veterinarians was at hand when the zoo opened for business.

The fears proved unfounded. For Moti, had turned as docile as the proverbial lamb upon the mahout’s arrival and carried out every single one of Ameer’s orders ‘on the double’.

All through the day a steady stream of visitors flowed into the zoological park either unaware or unconcerned about the danger of straying into the elephant’s vicinity. And, to its credit, the huge mammal behaved perfectly.

Impressed with the manner in which he tamed the massive shrew, the Mayor-in-Council has decided to felicitate Ameer Mohammed at a public ceremony, the date for which will be announced shortly. Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma had awarded a cash prize of Rs 1,001 to the mahout yesterday. Meanwhile, alarmed at yesterday’s incident, IMC authorities are learnt to have decided to import exotic but benign animals from other zoos in the country.

A list of dozen-odd animals, including birds and reptiles, has already been drawn up and will be submitted to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) shortly, revealed sources. Kamla Nehru zoo veterinarian Dr Devendra Porwal, however, said the transfers would take place only after the work at Qaidi Bagh adjoining the zoo was complete.