Giraffe dies of asphyxiation at Bannerghatta Biological Park

Animal got trapped when it left enclosure unsupervised

Updated - November 19, 2021 08:26 pm IST

Published - September 19, 2021 08:29 pm IST - Bengaluru

Yadunadan was a gift from the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, Mysuru.

Yadunadan was a gift from the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, Mysuru.

The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) lost a male giraffe on Sunday afternoon. According to sources, the giraffe, Yadunandan, left his enclosure unsupervised and entered the treatment area. “But its neck got trapped in the rods, leading to asphyxiation,” said the source.

According to sources, the animal twisted its 6-foot neck when he got entangled.

An official told The Hindu that the treatment area is located at the back end of the enclosure where the giraffe was confined. The park has a kraal for its giraffes, spread over 7,000 square metres of land. “It is an unfortunate incident. Animals are taken to the treatment area under the supervision of the staff,” said the official.

On Sunday, Yadunadan entered the area by accident, and started panicking when he couldn’t extricate himself. “The animal twisted its neck twice in an effort to escape. It’s possible that the giraffe’s ossicones [conical skin-covered bone structures on the head] got stuck. Our staff, including the veterinary doctor, rushed to his aid immediately, but in five to six minutes he died of asphyxiation.”

When asked whether it was a lapse on the part of staff, the official said, “We are looking into the issue and an enquiry is under way.”

 

Yadunadan was a gift to the park from Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, Mysuru, to keep Gowri, the lone female giraffe at the BBP , company. He arrived in April 2020 when the COVID-19 lockdown began.

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