AWTE lodges FIR against Nandankanan authorities over Lioness death due to snakebite

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Bhubaneswar: The death of a lioness due to snakebite inside Nandankanan zoological park in Bhubaneswar has snowballed into a controversy with Animal Welfare Trust Ekamra (AWTE) lodging FIR against the zoo authorities for negligence.

The organisation has demanded an impartial probe by Police or a Wildlife organisation instead of the concerned zoo officials.

In its complaint, AWTE founder Purbi Patra alleged that, “Unavailibility of adequate amount of anti-snake venom (ASV) stock resulted in the delay in the treatment of the lioness. As per the Government of India and WHO protocol, 10 numbers of vials of ASV needs to be administered within 1 hour of snakebite. But according to Zoo authorities only three vials had been given (that happened either due to lack of stock of ASV or lack of knowledge of zoo veterinarians). In either case, sheer negligence killed the lioness.”

In its complaint, the AWTE has also demanded to involve a team of experts from the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology from AIIMS Bhubaneswar during the post mortem. The organisation believes that there could be a conflict of interest as the Centre for Wildlife Health of OUAT is funded by Nandankanan.

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