A full-grown bear, which was shifted from its original enclosure in Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP), died from snakebite on Monday night.
Before the 3.5 ft-long Russel Viper could harm other three bears in the enclosure, NZP personnel caught the reptile on Tuesday.
In the morning a bear was making high-pitched noise and unusually jumping in the temporary enclosure. Sensing that something had gone wrong, zoo personnel went inside the cage where they found a bear lying dead.
The snake was immediately caught and shifted to snake chamber in the zoo.
The dead bear was brought from Kalahandi. Nandankanan is known to be an area where snake population is observed to be relatively high.
“One can do nothing when a snake bites in enclosure. We have sent the body for post-mortem,” said K. L. Purohit, Assistant Director of Nandankanan Zoo.