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Penguin at Byculla zoo dies


Even before it was put out on public viewing, one out of the eight South Korean Humbolt penguins died on Sunday which has been brought to the city on 26 July this year.

The eight Humboldt penguins (three male, five female) were brought to the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Zoo from Seoul, South Korea.

The penguins were being housed in a quarantine room maintained at 16 degrees to 18 degrees as per international standards. On October 18 around 8.30am a female Humbolt penguin (green-blue) bird weighing about 3 kgs showed symptoms of dullness, inappetance, greenish stools and labored breathing. The bird was immediately attended by a vetinary doctor who has been taking care of the flightless birds since the time they were brought to the city on July 26, 2016.

The exact cause of death is expected to be inferred after the post mortem report comes in. The stool samples of the said bird were examined on October 18 and culture sensitivity test was also conducted which showed the presence of gram -ve bacteria which was sensitive to drug enrofloxacin.

Even though the treatment was started the bird did not show significant improvement upon which an expert opinion was taken from an exotic bird specialist who suggested diagnostic tests like X ray and ultrasonography for diagonistic purpose which were conducted on October 22 but no specific observations were noticed.

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