Seven rare deer were reported dead in the Bahawalpur zoo on Saturday.
Authorities suspect that the animals died after eating poisonous fodder. At least 12 of other deer at the zoo are in critical condition. Sources said that the deer killed at the Bahawalpur zoo were of a rare breed.
The zoo management says that dozens of deer suddenly started falling ill. Seven of them died within a short period after falling ill. Whereas, the zoo management rescued 22 and treated them, the zoo management said. “12 are still in critical condition.”
According to the administration, the cause of the mysterious death of the deer at the zoo cannot be ascertained yet. They have sent their samples to Lahore to find out the cause of death. The Bahawalpur zoo curator told the reporter that they will get to know the cause of death after an autopsy.
With little legislation to safeguard animal welfare, zoos across Pakistan are notorious for their poor conditions. In 2018, some 30 animals died within months of a new zoo opening in the northwestern city of Peshawar, including three snow leopard cubs.
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