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Warm winter sends zoo on date!

WITH THE winter chill gradually disappearing, the weather has become just conducive for animals to court their spouses at zoo. Officials are doing their bit and facilitating them by removing ?villains? and other hurdles that come in between. Partitions inside their enclosures have been steadily done away with to increase their accessibility to each other. Also the much- needed ?health tonics? are being administered to those who aren?t responding to the weather mood.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 00:58 IST

WITH THE winter chill gradually disappearing, the weather has become just conducive for animals to court their spouses at zoo. Officials are doing their bit and facilitating them by removing ‘villains’ and other hurdles that come in between. Partitions inside their enclosures have been steadily done away with to increase their accessibility to each other. Also the much- needed “health tonics” are being administered to those who aren’t responding to the weather mood.

Black bucks—the Schedule 1 species—are the first one to be allowed to date their partners during this mating season. For quite some time the male and the female black bucks were kept in isolation to keep a check on their increasing number. It did pay some dividends but in the process the black bucks became extremely weak, feeble and inactive. Their stillness and inactivity puzzled zoo officials who decided to make their life cozy. The partition was removed and it became a happy unit.

Zoo director Eva Sharma says: “Black bucks are having great fun these days.

They are chasing each other, moving in herds and in the process have developed a good rapport with each other in quick time. The keepers have even asked the doctors to stop administering health tonics to the animals as they are doing well.”

Sounds of giggling could soon be heard from giraffe’s enclosure as well.
Zoo authorities have resolved to pair Anubhav and Sujata who were living in isolation for nearly one and a half year. Last year in February 28, Sujata gave birth to Khushi. Now that baby has grown, the zoo officials are planning to mate the giraffe pair once again. The zoo director said: “There is no reason why they be kept separate. The CZA also advocates that no animal be kept in isolation for long as this affects their temperament.”

Even the animals of generation-Y too would be let to date their beloved. The two years old zebra named Chirag would be encouraged to court the she zebra Ash. But their turn will come next month. There are indications these young inmates would be able to court during Valentine period, the season tailored made for such purpose. Host of other animals would be encouraged to court animals of their choice as zoo has no plan to play villain this winter.

According to Sharma these speechless animals have a life, heart and emotion and there is no reason why they be not allowed the freedom to enjoy their life in a way they want. Their emotion should not be chained and restrained as they too look for freedom.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 00:58 IST