Thursday, 24 November 2011

'Animal is always loser in man-animal conflict'

KANPUR: The ever-increasing incidents of man-animal conflict has always been worrying the wildlife lovers and the environmentalists. The loss of the animal habitat and increased human interference in the forest area have been attributed as the reasons for such encounters. The results of such man-animal battles have given shocking results, either the animal is being poached by the villagers where it enters or else the man has to lose precious life. Following the laid rules, the wild-animals when rescued by the forest officials are thereafter rushed either to Kanpur or Lucknow zoo where they are administered medical treatment for keeping them alive.

It is in this very regard that the Kanpur zoo received a female man eater from Bahraich on Saturday. Taking the records into the account, the Kanpur zoo which has a good record of housing the rescued animals is now presently taking care of the maneater leopard. The leopard, which had entered into a village in Bahraich, had attacked people therein leaving them critically injured. Then the forest officials rescued the leopard and referred it to Kanpur zoological park for treatment.

Talking to TOI as to how the wild rescued animals are given medical care, director, Kanpur zoological park, K Praveen Rao said: "When-ever there is man-animal conflict, the looser is always a wild animal. The wild animals are loosing their preferred natural habitat due to human interference which leads to escaping of the animals to the nearby areas. There by they get trapped and later are thrashed badly. It is after this, such animals are sent to the zoo where they live their rest of the life as a rescued animal."

"Though we give them the best possible medical care, there are always chances of not recovering from the ailment due to trauma. Even if they recover, they are not in a position to survive in the wild. As a result they are confined in cages and are not put to display for the visitors as its against the laid down norms," added the zoo director.

Rao further said these maneaters after recovering cannot be released in the wild due to prolonged captivity. They will not be in a position to combat their predators or else they will no stop from attacking the human beings. As the jungle rule says, only those wild animals survive there who are more dominant than the other. "Therefore, such rescued animals are to be maintained in the captivity," said he further.

Rao also maintaines as there is no change in the behavioral pattern of the wild animals when they are ailing, it becomes all the more difficult to diagnose an ailment. As a result, signs of disease appear only when they reach the later stages of ailment. On the other hand, studies have been conducted on the diseases taking place in the domestic animals. "Thus, we go for expert advice from the veterinary doctors of the various zoos across the country, premier veterinary institution like IVRI in Bareilly, veterinary college in Mathura and the local, senior experienced veterinarians so that the ailing animal can be cured," he said

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