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keep off! One of the two lionesses in an aggressive mood after it was brought here to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park from Tirupati zoo in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
keep off! One of the two lionesses in an aggressive mood after it was brought here to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park from Tirupati zoo in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Nivedita Ganguly

They will be let out for day crawl after 15 days, says curator

VISAKHAPATNAM: Their roars resonate in the otherwise tranquil and unperturbed ambience of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. They are the latest additions at the zoo – a pair of lionesses that arrived here from Tirupati on Thursday. The pair was brought here after the zoo lost its oldest lion Arjun earlier this month. “Both the animals are in good health conditions. However, they will be let out for day crawl only after 15 days once they get acclimatised to their new home,” zoo curator Rahul Pandey told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, the sole male lion of the zoo was sent to Tirupati zoo in exchange of the pair. Vizag zoo officials are now trying to procure a fresh breed of male lion from other centres.

Stressed

The pair appeared to be under stress due to the long journey and their new ambience. “We had taken special care of the animals during the travel. Every two hours, the animals were given glucose water to avoid dehydration and water was sprinkled on them,” the zoo doctor Srinivas said. They are aged between 16 and 18 years and are of hybrid variety.

The zoo will also be receiving a pair of bison (one male and one female) in exchange of a pair of tigers from the Goa zoo. The bison pair is expected to arrive here next month. Currently, the zoo has two male bison. Apart from the new arrivals, the zoo lost a hippopotamus this week. The animal was 23 years old and died due to old age.

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