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‘Joy died of heart stroke’

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 29:

Preliminary investigation has suggested that the sudden death of ‘Joy’, the five-year old male giraffe at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of Odisha’s capital city today was caused due to heart stroke, according to sources in the expert team formed to probe the death of the animal that was brought from Kolkata’s Alipore Zoo on February 24.

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While post-mortem on the carcass of the dead giraffe has been conducted, the team of veterinarians from the Veterinary College of the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology that did the autopsy has found symptoms of jaundice and anemia on the animal, revealed sources.

Joy, which was brought from Kolkata’s Alipore Zoo only five days back under the animal exchange programme for which four tigers were swapped, all of a sudden slumped to the ground at 8.15 AM today and died at 10.50 AM despite provision of emergency medical care at the zoo.

Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh has ordered for inquiry into the animal’s death by PCCF (Wildlife).