WILDLIFE: Demand for animal hospital – humane call still stalled ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY BIRESWAR BANERJEE
Siliguri, Oct. 25: The demand for setting up a full-fledged hospital in the region for captive and wild animals has been revived ahead of the wildlife week that begins from November 9.
The programme co-ordinator of Siliguri-based Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation, Animesh Bose, said the demand for the hospital is a long-standing demand. “In 2007 chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee during his visit to Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary was first apprised of the need to set up the facility. The chief minister, also the chairperson of the state board for wildlife, had agreed and it had been decided that the unit would be set up at the Jaldapara-Madarihat belt in Jalpaiguri district,” said Bose, also a member of the state board for wildlife. “However, since then not an inch has progressed.”
“We have decided to place our demand before the chief minister again when he visits the sanctuary on November 9 to inaugurate the state wildlife week. We will also request him to establish mobile medical units, sophisticated cranes to lift animals and ancillary facilities,” Bose added.
The NGOs here have also demanded the establishment of a forensic science lab for animals. “Given the frequent incidents of animal deaths in north Bengal, it is necessary to set up a forensic lab in the region. Whenever an animal death is reported, foresters send the samples to Calcutta to know the cause of its death. Often the reports are not received on time that is needed to ensure that appropriate intervention can be made to avoid deaths because of similar reasons in the future,” Bose said.
Sujit Das, secretary of Nature and Adventure Society of Odlabari in the Dooars, said: “If a medical unit with modern facilities is provided for the treatment of animals, then some deaths can be avoided.”
Forest minister Ananta Roy said the proposal to set up the veterinary unit has been placed before the Union ministry of environment and forests. “I have already requested Union minister Jairam Ramesh to take necessary steps and help us establish the facility,” Roy told The Telegraph over phone the. “Currently, we are treating injured animals with help from vets in the state animal resource development department.
Rhino calf dead in Jaldapara – pathologists never to diminish the learning process ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Oct. 25: The body of a two-and-a-half-year-old rhino calf was found in Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary this morning.
Although it was initially suspected that the animal had died because of snakebite, the post-mortem revealed that the calf died of rupture and congestion in the windpipe after it was attacked by an adult male rhino.
This morning the patrolling staff spotted the dead calf in the third compartment in the east range of the sanctuary.
“During preliminary investigations, marks that looked like snakebites were found on its face and nose. However, after post-mortem, the vets said the calf died because of serious injuries in its windpipe and internal parts of the mouth. It seems that an adult male rhino had attacked and hit it on the face,” said Omprakash, the divisional forest officer wildlife-III.
“For further confirmatory tests, the visceral samples have been collected and they will be sent to the state forensic science lab at Belgachia in Calcutta,” he added.
“It is a common phenomenon among rhinos. The females that have calves with them discourage mating which often agitates male rhinos,” said Animesh Bose, a Siliguri-based environmentalist.
“The male rhinos then chase and attack the calves. In this case, it seems that the adult male had caused severe injuries to the calf that lead to its death,” said Bose.