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Deer shifted to new enclosures

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Four enclosures of 50 cents each have been developed at Kaprikad



Without pain:A deer being tranquilised for shifting to the Animal Rehabilitation Centre at Kaprikad.

KOCHI: Relief has come at last for the deer population of the Animal Rescue Centre, Kodanad.

From overcrowded enclosures, forest officials have started shifting animals to the spacious enclosures of the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Kaprikad. Around 2 acres has been earmarked for the deer enclosure centre. Four enclosures of 50 cents each have been developed for housing the deer population.

Nine spotted deer and five Sambar deer have been shifted in the first phase. The shifting of deer is a sensitive job considering the high mortality rate involved in the process. The animal has to be tranquilised and then shifted to the new facility. Of the 14 deer such translocated, one died after a few days of shifting. The shifting has been temporarily called off following the shortage of tranquilisers, officials said.

The Animal Rescue Centre now has 100 spotted deer and 80 sambar deer. A few animals had died in the past following fighting. Earlier, authorities had toyed with the idea of releasing a few into the wild. However, the idea was dropped considering the possibility of outbreak of disease in the wild population.

The animals in the rescue centre have been living in captivity for quite some time and have adapted themselves to the conditions. There is also the possibility of the animals being infected with various diseases due to their constant exposure to the near domestic conditions. The animals familiarised with captivity conditions may also find it difficult in wild to feed and survive, authorities said.

Authorities are in the process of developing elephant shelters. At a later stage, five elephants housed at Kodanad will also be shifted to Kaprikad.

Paper works for setting up the elephant shelter have been completed. The facility is expected to become operational by June, officials said.

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