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Fruits to beat the heat for deer

Cuttack, May 18: At a time when normal life during the day has been affected by the intense heat wave condition, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has finally come to the rescue of animals at the deer park by drawing special plans to protect them from the scorching heat here in the city.

Four temporary sheds have been erected so that the animals can rest under these structures. Besides, a special diet chart is also being prepared. Accordingly, the animals are now being given summertime fruits with high water content.

“We have established temporary rest sheds. Adequate steps are also being taken to protect the animals from dehydration,” said mayor Saumendra Ghose.

Spread over two acres, the Madhusudan Nagar deer park which was established in 1981, has 88 deer including 34 male, 35 female and 19 fawns at the enclosure. Besides the four temporary rest sheds, there are two other permanent structures where the animals assemble for food and water.

“Being an animal lover, it was great to see that a number of sheds have finally been installed to protect the animals from the scorching heat,” said a visitor.

According to the CMC officials, water is sprinkled on the temporary structures made of straw, which act as a cooling system for animals at the enclosure. This will also help the four-legged beauties to beat the scorching heat.

“Every possible step is being taken to protect the animals from heat. Summertime fruits such as cucumbers and watermelons, besides glucose powder, are also being provided to the animals,” said CMC secretary Ashutosh Samal.

Similarly, grass collected from various parks in the city is also provided to the deer on a daily basis.

“Everyday, the animals are being fed with fresh grass collected from different parks in the city. Other special fruits with high water content also feature on the menu for the animals during the summer,” said park’s caretaker Siba Prasad Mishra.

Water is sprinkled on the temporary sheds and the animals are provided special fruits mixed with grass thrice in a day. According to Mishra, it is the perfect location for the animals as the deer park is located on the banks of river Mahanadi.

Moreover, a veterinary doctor is also engaged for medical check up of the animals, which is also being done on a regular basis.

In another development, as the Madhusudan Nagar deer park is now overpopulated, steps are also being taken to establish a second deer park in the city.

“There is a proposal for a second deer park that is likely to be established either at CDA Sector 8 or at Jagatpur. The proposed park would accommodate around 50 animals. We hope it will be established soon,” the city mayor added.

According to CMC sources, a master plan for the second deer park has already been prepared and sent to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for approval.

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