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India: Mystery Deaths at Sepahijala Zoo
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 12:19 CST

Article found HERE by Agartala: 


The mysterious deaths of two leopards and some birds sent the Sepahijala zoo authorities into a tizzy. In the last four days, two leopards and as many as 11 birds of various species including night herons, pond herons, eagles, owls, kites, small cranes and white and black-necked storks have died in the zoo.

Besides the two leopards, another wild cat was found dead in the zoo area. A vulture was also found sick and immediately shifted to the intensive care unit. Vultures are now considered an extremely endangered species.

The cause of the deaths could not be ascertained as yet.

Nevertheless, the zoo administration has already quarantined the aviary and other animal enclosures, putting a complete restriction on visitors.

“Soon after the incident was reported, some specialist veterinary surgeons conducted autopsies on the dead birds and animals. But the exact cause of the deaths could not be ascertained,” said Bhowmik. The carcass would also be sent to the central laboratory for further investigation. However, the zoo administration and wildlife experts confirmed that the deaths were not due to avian flu; the disease has only recently been reported in some parts of the state.

Mexico: 65 zoo animals dead as cold front sweeps through

Article below found HERE
Unusually cold weather leaves 65 animals including a baby monkey dead a a zoo outside Chihuanhua, Mexico


A Cariblanco Capuchin monkey hangs on the back of its mother at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, April 7, 2010. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Sixty-five animals died at a zoo in northern Mexico over the weekend as a cold front swept through the area, CNN reports. A 6-month old monkey, parrots, crocodiles and peacocks were among the dead.

Temperatures at the Chihuahua Zoo dropped as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit early Saturday morning, killing about 10 percent of the zoo’s animals. Chihuahua is experiencing the coldest weather in 60 years.

Zoo officials were caught off guard as the temperature dropped unexpectedly and no weather advisory had been issued, according to zoo owner Alberto Hernandez.

Electricity at the zoo, located in the city of Aldama, about an hour from Chihuahua, then went out, and this caused the heaters to stop working.

“There were lots of factors that led to this accident happening,” Hernandez said. “We are accustomed to extreme weather, but nothing like this.”

The baby Capuchin monkey, named Botitas, or Little Boots, had been born at the zoo. His father, named Boots, and mother came from Central America.


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