Accompanied by a team of caretakers from Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh, an ailing lioness was brought to the hospital of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Thursday morning.
The initial examination done by vets has revealed a ‘serious’ blood infection which they are hopeful of curing with medicines and proper care.
It is after a gap of four years that GADVASU doctors are dealing with the Chhatbir zoo inmates. A team of doctors from GADVASU visited Chhatbir four years back when a kidney ailment with urinary problems was detected in two-three tigers.
Dr Kirti Dua, incharge of Wildlife Care and Research Centre of GADVASU, said, “The lioness was brought to us with the complaint of not eating food for some days and feeling weakness, getting tired frequently. Then we did her X-rays and some blood tests. While X-rays are normal, a serious blood infection has been detected which needs proper medicines and care by zoo keepers.”
He added that they were hopeful of saving lioness but only if there was no negligence in providing medicines and care.
The lioness was also kept under sedation for a few hours to avoid any inconvenience during X-rays. “We will be following up on the health of lioness regularly,” said Dr Dua.