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Body to decide fate of four sick lions at Zoo Safari

Body to decide fate of four sick lions at Zoo Safari

LAHORE: The Lahore Zoo Safari, Raiwind Road, management committee has formed a four member panel to look into the possibility of destroying four partially paralysed lions at the park, officials told Dawn.

The officials said owing to unavailability of any pedigree details of these sick lions the experts could not determine any particular reason for their condition. However, they said, it might be a genetic problem.

Zoo Safari Director Muhammad Shafqat told this reporter that the lions’ disability had been a lingering issue. “The problem was there before I took charge of Zoo Safari a month and a half ago. Finding no (pedigree) record of these lions with regard to their ailment, I placed the issue before the concerned forum”.

The management committee has formed a four member body to look into the matter and either suggest a way to destroy these beasts without hurting them or look for some other option.

The body headed by Zoo Director Hassan Ali Sukhera and comprising Jallo Veterinary Officer (VO) Dr Amna, Safari Zoo VO Dr Rizwan and Zoo VO Dr Wardah Gul, will give its recommendations on the issue. In the light of its recommendations, the fate of these big cats will be decided.

The authorities concerned have also decided to destroy an old lioness at the Lahore Zoo because of her age. However, final orders in this regard are yet to be issued.

Mr Sukhera told Dawn that destroying these lions was not the only option.

“We are considering to donate these animals to an institute like the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) for research purpose.

After conducting the research these animals can be destroyed,” he added.

The director said a decision regarding these animals would be taken as early as possible so that their suffering could end.

He said inbreeding could be the reason for the condition of these four lions.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2017

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