Death of 15 Birds over last 3 Days in Gandhi Zoological Garden in Gwalior rings Alarm Bells

A majority of the birds who died between Tuesday evening and Thursday evening were migratory painted storks (mycteria leucocephala), mostly found in the Jammu and Kashmir region

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Gwalior, October 21, 2016: The death of 15 birds over the last three days in the local Gandhi Zoological Garden has created panic among the zoo authorities here.

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As a precautionary measure, the management has sealed off the avian wing at the zoo. Viscera samples of the dead birds will be sent for tests.

According to zoo sources, a majority of the birds who died between Tuesday evening and Thursday evening were migratory painted storks (mycteria leucocephala), mostly found in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

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The avian wing staff has been instructed to take special care and use masks before visiting the area.

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Confirming the deaths, zoo doctor Upendra Kumar said on Friday: “Samples of their viscera are being sent for tests. The reason of the deaths can be established only after the reports come in.” (IANS)

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