Following the death of five jackals in the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden in Guwahati, the enclosure has been sealed and visitors are not allowed to go near it.
It may be mentioned that Canine distemper disease has been detected for the first time in the State Zoo. The disease also known as hardpad disease, is a viral disease that affects a wide species of animals, including domestic and wild dogs, coyotes, foxes, wolves, ferrets, skunks, some primates and a variety of other species.
Presently the remaining eight jackals have been shifted to the observation centre on Monday to detect any presence of the disease on the remaining jackals. The vaccination, which is available only in the USA, will arrive in Guwahati on Monday. After vaccinating the jackals, they will be shifted to their enclosure.
Zoo’s Divisional Forest Officer Tejas Mariswamy told media persons, “The actual reason behind the disease breakout in the enclosure still needs to be investigated. We have taken all measures to prevent the spread of the disease.”
State Zoo officials suspect that the jackals might have died due to contact visitors coming near the enclosure. Zoo officials looking all angles to confirm the main reason behind the disease breakout in he jackal enclosure.
While on the other hand, Zoo officials are taking strict measures to prevent visitors from coming too near the animal enclosures trying to touch them.
Remaining animals in the State Zoo are being protected from any diseases as medicines have been sprayed in all the remaining animal enclosures.