Tuesday, July 6, 2004
At least 26 animals awaiting death due to old age at the Dhaka National Zoo in Mirpur.
"Life expectancy for those in captivity is far below than those living freely," said a zoo official. "The average age of animals in captivity ranges between 16 and 65 depending on the species," he added.
The zoo authorities have become cautious of aged animals after the death of a rhino a few months ago
"We have already drawn the attention of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock about these animals, if the animals die it will be natural death, we wont be responsible for it," said Mafizur Rahman, Curator of the Zoo.
The animals ear-marked with age are pairs each of mandrills, elephants and giri baboons; and one each of sambur, tapir, zebra, gayal, horse, chimpanzee, olive baboon, gharial, crocodile, black bear, hyena, great Indian horn bill and ostrich.
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