Aroubd 68 per cent of animals at the Bir Moti Bagh Mini Zoo (Deer Park) in Patiala suffer from parastic infections, a study has found. Conducted by scientists of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and senior vet M P Singh of the Mahendra Mohan Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir, the study tested 31 faecal samples of eight species of animals and found that 20 of them were positive for parasitic infections.
This indicates overall prevalence of 68 per cent of parasitic infections among animals at the zoo, the scientists said. Titled ‘Prevalence of Parasitic Infection in Captive Wild Animals in Deer Park Patiala’, the study was conducted from February this year.
The 31 faecal samples were obtained from eight species of captive animals — Civet (vivvera zibetha), porcupine (hystrix indica), nilgai (boselaphus tragocamelus), spotted deer (axis axis), black buck (antelope cervicapra), sambhar deer (cervus unicolor), hog deer (axis porcinus) and barking deer (muntiacus muntjak).
Of the six different types of parasites observed in study, the most common were strongyle (67 per cent) followed by coccidia (38 per cent), the scientists said.
The paper was presented during the first National Conference of Society for Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension which began at GADVASU in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Dr Kirti Dua, head wildlife department GADVASU who along with PhD student A Q Mir presented the paper, said: “The results indicate that animals whose samples have been tested positive for parasite infections are vulnerable if they are stressed or get any major disease. The findings will help in formulating appropriate deworming schedule for animals to control infections.”
Punjab chief wildlife warden Dhirendra Singh said the government is looking into the matter. “We are already giving deworming medicines to the animals at Patiala Deer Park. I am yet to study this research paper but there is nothing to worry”.