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Bannerghatta Biological Park loses Israel-imported Zebra due to gastrointestinal tract infection

 A six-year-old male zebra passed away in Bannerghatta Biological Park as it suffered from a bloated abdomen. According to the park authorities, the animal showed discomfort for the last few days and died on Thursday morning.

Bannerghatta Biological Park loses Israel imported Zebra due to gastrointestinal tract infection
Bengaluru, First Published May 17, 2019, 9:01 AM IST
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Bengaluru: Bannerghatta Biological Park, one of the famous tourist spots in the city, has suffered a severe jolt as a six-year-old male zebra died early on Thursday. The zebra named Pruthvi, which was imported in 2015 from Tel Aviv Ramat Gan (Safari) Israel was suffering from abdominal bloating.

According to park authorities, this condition is called “Colic” in which the abdominal region gets bloated due to infection in the intestine.

"The symptoms like bloating, sweating distress, uneasiness, loss of interest in food and water, peculiar postures (sitting, stretching) and absence of gut sounds were noticed. The animal was treated accordingly for the last few days, yet it did not survive.”

The body was sent for an autopsy to be done.

"The animal died on Thursday morning and the body has been sent to IAH and VB Hebbal for an autopsy and further investigation." said a senior official from the park.

This Colic disease is commonly found in an animal that has hooves and the disease is caused mainly due to high grain-based diets/low forage diets.

Following the death of the animal, the authorities now have begun to closely observe other hooved animals, in order to start early treatment.

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