Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 3:
Two days after giraffe ‘Joy’ died of theileriosis in Odisha’s Nandankanan zoo, the authorities have written to their counterparts in Alipore zoo to provide another giraffe, official sources said today.
“We have started the process to get another giraffe to Nandankanan,” said Nandankanan Zoo Director Sudarshan Panda speaking to reporters today.
Panda also said that steps will be taken to preserve the memories of Joy in the zoo. While the skeleton of the giraffe would be preserved, the photographs and the memorabilia of the entire journey and his short stay here would be documented and kept in the museum.
Even though there are no such rules to provide another animal in case the first animal dies in an animal exchange programme, Alipore Zoo director Ashish Samanta yesterday offered from his side to take up the matter with Zoo Authority of India and consider providing another giraffe to Nandankanan.
Samanta had said that the animal was healthy while it was at the Alipore Zoo. Its health had been examined by veterinarians of both Nandankanan and Alipore zoos before it left for Nandankanan, he said adding that there are six more giraffes in Alipore Zoo and he will consider providing another animal if Nandankanan authorities request for it.
Notably, the male giraffe Joy was brought here on February 24 as part of an animal exchange programme – in which four tigers were sent to Alipore Zoo in exchange. It died five days after its arrival on February 29.
Five year old ‘Joy’ was brought here in a custom built container based on a low-bed trailer from the Kolkata based zoo under supervision of an eight member team led by assistant director of Nandankanan Zoological Park. Overall, Rs 1,50,000 was spent in transportation.
The Nandankanan Zoo authorities had procured the male giraffe to provide a partner to ‘Khusi’ the lone female giraffe of the Zoo and were hopeful of in captivity breeding. Five year old Khushi had been procured from Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park of Patna when she was one year old as part of an animal exchange programme.
Earlier in 2008, another giraffe had died of electrocution on its way to Bhubaneswar from Alipore Zoo.