Mysuru zoo to reopen tomorrow

Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as Mysore zoo, which was closed for the general public for a month from January 4, may be reopened on Friday.

The department of Animal Husbandry has given clearance for reopening the zoo, based on negative results for avian influenza, following testing of bird samples at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NISHAD), Bhopal, said K Kamala, executive director of the zoo.

The zoo had been closed after some free-range and migratory birds died of avian influenza. The samples were sent to the Institute of Ani­mal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAH&VB), Bengaluru. The IAH&VB forwarded them to NISHAD, which concluded that the birds died of H5N8. More samples of blood and droppings of the birds were sent to NISHAD at an interval of 15 days twice and the results were negative. The 124-year-old zoo was closed for such a long time for the first time. The zoo administration has undertaken measures to control the influenza.

Leopard dies

Meanwhile, a male leopard, aged about two years, died at Mysore zoo on Wednesday. It choked to death while eating, authorities said. The authorities are waiting for laboratory reports to ascertain the cause of death, according to Zoo Executive Director K Kamala.

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