Seven Leopard Cubs Die from Viral Infection at Bannerghatta Biological Park

Seven Leopard Cubs Die from Viral Infection at Bannerghatta Biological Park

Seven leopard cubs at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru have tragically died after being infected with a highly contagious virus. The cubs, aged between three and eight months, were infected with Feline panleukopenia (FP), a viral disease caused by the feline parvovirus. Kittens are particularly susceptible to the virus.

The first outbreak was reported on August 22, and despite all seven cubs being vaccinated, they unfortunately succumbed to the disease during treatment. Fortunately, no further deaths have been reported in the past 15 days, indicating that the infection is now under control. Measures have been taken to break the chain of transmission, including discussions with senior veterinarians, implementing the correct course of action, and ensuring the hygiene of the entire zoo and rescue center.

The executive director of Bannerghatta Biological Park, A. V. Surya Sen, explained the severity of the virus and its effects on the infected animals. Once infected, the virus affects the animal’s intestines, causing severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, ultimately leading to death within four to five days. The virus spreads rapidly, making it difficult to contain and treat.

It is heartbreaking to see these young leopard cubs lose their lives to this devastating virus. Efforts to prevent further outbreaks and protect the remaining animals at Bannerghatta Biological Park will be crucial in ensuring their safety and well-being.

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