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Paralysed leopard shifted to state zoo

Dec. 23: Forest officials today shifted a critically injured adult female leopard from the Guijan wildlife range of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district to the state zoo here for treatment.

The animal was seriously injured in the spine and left front leg after being hit by a vehicle last week on NH37 at Bismile under Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district.

Officials of the state forest department rescued it from a drain near the highway after tranquillising it and took it to the Guijan wildlife range headquarters for treatment. As its condition did not show much improvement, the leopard was transported to the zoo today.

“The injured leopard was brought to our zoo this afternoon. It is in a bad shape as it has been wounded in the spinal cord and the front left leg. It cannot stand up on its own and was brought here in a cage. We have started treating it and will be closely monitoring its condition. Since spinal injuries do not heal easily, the animal will take a long time to recover,” M.L. Smith, a vet at the zoo, said.

“We served food to the injured leopard after it arrived here. Though it has not touched the food yet, it will eat it later. These animals mostly eat at night,” Smith added.

Speaking on the condition of the animal, divisional forest officer of the Tinsukia wildlife division, Vaibhav C. Mathur, said, “It had sustained nervous tissue injuries after being hit by a vehicle and we had transported it to the Guijan wildlife range headquarters for treatment after tranquillising it. But since it had sustained nervous tissue damage, the animal suffered from posterior paralysis. We were monitoring its condition and when we saw it was not improving, we decided to shift it to the zoo for further treatment.”

“Nervous tissue injuries are serious and may not heal completely even after treatment. As such, an animal tends to suffer from health problems during its entire life,” Mathur added.


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