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Now, go wild over zoo surgical care

- Tata habitat gets Rs 7.55-lakh facility, eastern region’s first

Tiger on an operating table? Wild inmates of Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpur will now get cutting-edge surgical care, thanks to Wildlife Healthcare Centre that opens this Friday.

State Bank of India’s chief general manager (Patna Circle) Rakesh Sharma will inaugurate the Rs 7.55-lakh air-conditioned facility inside the zoo clinic compound.

The bank is sponsoring this facility, the first-of-its-kind in eastern India.

The 450sqft centre comprises an operating theatre (OT), shadow-less lamps, tranquillising gun, oxygen cylinders, auto-clay machine and anaesthetic gadgets.

Neighbouring states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Bengal do not have such a clinic.

Tata zoo officials have long felt the need for a spacious OT, as animal headcount has gone up. At present, the zoo houses around 400 animals.

“The success rate of surgeries will now go up by notches. Earlier, we functioned from an ill-equipped clinic. A purebred African lion cub (Zoya), attacked by a white cobra on December 2 last year, underwent treatment at the old clinic. The clinic has an ordinary operating table more apt to dress wounds,” said a zoo functionary who did not want to be named.

Sources revealed the small OT also posed problems during surgeries on large animals, say, a full-grown Royal Bengal Tiger like Raghav.

The new facility will obviously change all that.

Besides, it will have the best-in-class post-operative care as well.

With the centre in place, vet interns and volunteers can also look forward to visit the centre and get training under Tata zoo vet Manik Palit.

Palit, who had saved lionnes Zoya after she was attacked by the snake, boasts a first class distinction from Bihar Veterinary College in Patna. The state forest department often summons Palit for advice.

Palit was also part of the team that visited Dalma wildlife sanctuary where four sambars died in a mysterious manner recently.

“Thus, the animal mortality rate is likely to go down,” said Rajnish Kumar, managing committee member of Tata Steel Zoological Society.