Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 21:
Serial death of animals in Odisha’s famed Nandankanan zoo continues since past five days with two more antelopes dying yesterday.
The incident happened when veterinary staff and zoo workers were trying to vaccinate the animals against Bajabajia, Sahana disease.
The pani-stricken animals started running after the workers entered the enclosure and two nilgais were grievously injured after they hit the wire fence. Both succumbed to their injuries later. Both the dead animals were 10-year old.
Even though the zoo authorities were aware about the risks of entering the enclosure, they did it as vaccination was important.
It may be noted that the vaccination program was initiated after a blue bull, two female antelopes and three deer lost their life to the diseases.
The population of antelopes has now come down to 24 after the death of the two nilgais and the blue bull.