Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Animal Park said in more detail why the lion named Lord is not combed and why an arrow was “hanging” on his body, which confused visitors.
Darts are the best way to give large animals the necessary vitamin supplements in the spring and protect them from rabies and other deadly diseases. Unlike many parts of wildlife in Russia, the Sakhalin Zoo and Botanical Park do not stop working during the vaccination period. This is done to facilitate visitors, many of whom are curious and ask to be given the opportunity to follow the process itself.
The public favorites, the Lion Lord and the Amur tiger, were among the first to receive injections – the animals did not notice the darts and immediately after the procedure continued to walk around their shelters.
The arrows are fired from the air pressure and hit the animals without harming them. Some medicines require a gradual introduction and in this case darts with needles are used, at the ends of which there is a special hook (thorn). Such an arrow remains in the animal’s body for some time (not more than one day). This arrow was used to vaccinate the African lion and the Amur tiger on the night of April 21st.
– The fact that our visitors noticed the arrow on the lion’s body shows that the vaccination process went unnoticed by the Lord himself this year. We distract the animal with a delicious treat, and while it is busy with food, we “shoot” an arrow with the necessary vitamins or medicines. If after vaccination the animal is restless, it finds the arrow itself in the skin and removes it. In the case of Lord, the injection went completely unnoticed and since Friday morning, I can say that the animal’s health is within normal range, the used arrow fell on its own in due time “, said Margarita Zaitseva, veterinarian. of the Sakhalin Zoo and Botanical Park.
In the wild, African lions live 10 to 15 years, in a zoo a little longer. Leo Lord is in his 13th year and for his age, the animal feels great and is in good physical condition. This is felt even by the animal’s appetite – in the cold season, the Lord eats 10 kilos of meat (beef and chicken) a day, with the onset of heat a little less. Now the Lord is still wearing “winter clothes”, as soon as it begins to pour and the condition of the animal’s mane raises questions to visitors.
– For the first 6 years of a lion’s life in Sakhalin, he was groomed and his mane was combed. Such a procedure requires the euthanasia of the animal and in recent years is not done for fear of harming an already aging organism. In the cage, the Lord has several brushes that help the lion get rid of unnecessary hair. We have to wait until the end of the seasonal melting season, – the employees of the Sakhalin Zoo and Botanical Park reassure the visitors.
Events are held here every month, during which the experts of the institution familiarize the participants with all aspects of animal care: they talk about vaccination and its application methods, about the difference between diet in nature and the zoo, how the process breeding in captivity and more.
It is no secret that a person looks different at different times of the day – in the morning, before all the hygiene procedures, our body is considered less healthy than during the day, when we have already put ourselves in order. This is why visitors should not evaluate the condition of an animal with short-term observation – in the unique corner of wildlife on the island, there is a whole staff of specialists with specialized training and extensive experience who monitor their charges on an ongoing basis. base. And in the event that reasonable questions arise about the appearance, weight or behavior of a particular animal, a committee is immediately set up, the members of which share the experts’ observations and reach a common conclusion.
Spring is a period of maximum change in the life of animals and the inhabitants of the zoo and the Sakhalin Botanical Park are no exception. Here, four-legged owners of enclosures and exhibits enter the thawing process, and dogs systematically undergo the mandatory vaccination process against rabies, influenza, infectious hepatitis, infectious dog disease and other diseases, representatives of non-family families. rabies, in addition to viral rhinotracheitis, pancreatopenia and calyxosis. At the same time, compared to the animals’ bodies themselves, the size of the air arrow needles is extremely small – and the vital injections feel like mosquito bites or are not felt at all.
During the period from April to May, darts on the bodies of large animals may fall into the sight of visitors to the zoo. The only way to avoid this would be to close the facility during the vaccination period, which is extremely inconvenient for thousands of islanders, especially during the upcoming May holidays. We remind you that the Sakhalin Zoo and Botanical Park is open seven days a week all year round, providing uninterrupted access to more than 1340 animals of 272 species.
If you have any questions, guests of the institution should contact the administrator by calling the number: 30-37-47, 8 924 880 37 47.