'Polo' died in Mysore Zoo
A 43-year-old Gorilla in Mysore zoo, popularly known as 'polo', which was a major attraction of visitors, died of illness.
According to B P Ravi, Chief Conservator of Forests and Executive Director, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, said the Western Lowland Gorilla male Polo born in 1972, which was received from Dublin Zoo, Ireland in 1995 died last night.
Since the last one month, the animal was showing loss of appetite. He seemed to be restless with hurried respiration and drooping of lower lip. Liver extracts, vitamins supplements were administered.
But he showed little improvement. Zinc, iron, multi vitamins, oral antibiotics and pain killers were also tried along with milk, tea and juices though he was reluctant to take oral drugs.
Since tranquilizing the animal at old age and with poor health status is risky, detailed physical examination of animal and sample collection for laboratory analysis were practically not possible.
Voided urine samples were examined twice which revealed no marked abnormalities in the parameters except increase in Urobilinogen level.
After 15 days, condition became worse with respiratory dyspnea and hurried thoracic respiration. Finally he did not respond to the treatment and succumbed to death.
Polo was alone in the Zoo since 18 years as it had come to Mysore Zoo in the year 1995.
Few people of the city and entire staff of the zoo paid last respect to the animal.
(Posted on 27-04-2014)