With a tiger within the Bronx Zoo, in New York, having examined optimistic for COVID-19, the West Bengal forest minister, Rajib Banerjee in the present day mentioned strict directives had been given to all zoo authorities within the state regarding the dealing with of animals.
Alipore Zoological Backyard in Kolkata has taken a number of measures that embrace administering antivirus medicines to animals exhibiting indicators of illness. A four-year-old feminine Malayan tiger, named Nadia, within the Bronx Zoo in New York has reportedly examined optimistic for COVID-19, in the present day.
It’s suspected that the animal might need contracted the virus from a zookeeper. This has paved the best way for additional worries since this reportedly is the primary such case that has come to the fore.
The West Bengal forest minister, Mr Rajib Banerjee, when requested whether or not any explicit directive has been given to all zoo authorities within the state within the wake of this information, advised The Statesman,” We’re taking all precautions, and strict directions have been given out. The meals given to animals, particularly tigers, is properly boiled to kill any traces of micro organism. I have no idea the way it occurred within the Bronx Zoo, however in right here, we’re finishing up thorough sanitation drives contained in the zoo premises and the animal enclosures. I just lately visited Alipore Zoo, the place we carried out disinfecting and sanitisation.”
He added, “Whichever zoo keeper serves the animals their meals must put on gloves and disinfect onesself. Additionally, most zookeepers anyway preserve a distance whereas feeding animals like tigers.”
When requested whether or not, within the Sunderbans space, the place people co-exist with tigers, any well being survey of the tigers have been carried out just lately, the minister mentioned “It doesn’t occur like that. In Sunderbans space, now we have lure cameras put in. When it’s noticed that any tiger is injured or is behaving abnormally, they shot with tranquilisers after which administered medicines. In current instances, there was no report as of but.”
In the meantime, the director of the Alipore Zoological Backyard, Ashish Kumar Samanta, advised The Statesman, “There are round 9 tigers within the zoo at current. We’ve got obtained new pointers in the present day however have been sustaining most of these protocols since February. The animals are shifted to different rooms when their enclosures are cleaned. Distanced is maintained whereas feeding or bathing them. Docs are checking on the animals each morning and night. When they’re exhibiting indicators of illness, they’re additionally being administered anti-viral medicines like Virkon-S, which is working efficiently.”
The zoo director highlighted, “We’ve got given masks, gloves and different protecting tools to all zookeepers. They’ve been requested to report if they’re feeling sick instantly. Workers quarters are being sanitised whereas whoever is getting into the enclosures have been requested to dip their toes in potassium permanganate to make sure they don’t carry micro organism contained in the tiger enclosures. The areas from the place guests take a look at the animals have been disinfected with sodium hypochlorite.”