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Latest News | Delhi Zoo’s only African elephant responding well to treatment for its wound, officials say


New Delhi, July 10 (PTI) Shankar, a 29-year-old elephant, is responding well to treatment and therapy after he was sedated to treat his injury, officials said on Wednesday.

The lone African elephant at the Delhi Zoo, which was brought from Zimbabwe in 1998, was chained for a long period of time, causing wounds on its legs and causing pus to form, the source said.

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Sumit Nagar, the veterinarian treating Shankar, said his wound has been treated and he will be checked regularly.

Nagar said pus had formed in his wound, which was treated after sedating Shankar.

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In recent days, the elephant was not in a coma but was behaving aggressively due to the injury, he said.

“I went to treat his wound this morning and I will continue to check on him frequently. He is fine now and the chain has been removed,” Nagar said.

Zoo director Sanjeet Kumar told PTI that the chain has been removed and Shankar is now tied with a leg strap and rope. He is responding well to treatment and therapy and is feeding normally. He remains under observation.

In September 2023, Shankar the elephant broke through a part of the wall that delimited his enclosure while in estrus, a state of increased aggression and unpredictable behavior in male animals, particularly elephants and camels, associated with increased testosterone levels.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Zoo has written to the forest and wildlife department seeking the help of a veterinary doctor.

The letter to the forest department said: “The National Zoological Park, New Delhi is in urgent need of the expertise of Dr Sumit Nagar and tranquillising medicines for the safe immobilisation of our 29-year-old African elephant in heat. Dr Abhijit Bhawal will coordinate with Dr Nagar for this crucial procedure on 8th July, ensuring the well-being of the elephant through professional veterinary care.”

After receiving a letter from the zoo, veterinarian Sumit Nagar visited the Delhi Zoo on Monday and continued the visit to treat Shankar on Tuesday.

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