Five deer die at Bahawalpur Zoo

BAHAWALPUR     -    Five deer of an endangers species have died of bacterial infection at Bahawalpur Zoo, the Zoo Curator, Usman Bukhari confirmed. Curator, Bahawalpur Zoo, Usman Bukhari confirmed to media that five deer have died at the zoo.  He said that the dead deer included two female deer and three bucks.  He said that bacterial infection caused death of five deer. “Our veterinary doctors examined bodies of the deer,” he said, adding that test reports confirmed that bacterial infection caused death of the deer. Mr. Bukhari said that a group of deer of Ariaal species was infected with bacterial infection and they were under treatment by our veterinary doctors. He added that however, the infection caused death of the animals.  He said that medical samples of the dead deer had been dispatched to Lahore for further laboratory examination. He added that all five deer died within a week. He said that a team of veterinary doctors had also been monitoring health of remaining deer.  Official sources said that Secretary, Wildlife Department, Government of Punjab, Capt. (retd) Zafar Iqbal had taken notice of death of five deer of Ariaal species at Bahawalpur Zoo. He directed the officials concerned to conduct inquiry into the incident.

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