Probe smells ‘foul play’ in death of blackbuck at Kanpur zoo

The first postmortem of all dead animals was conducted the same night within two hours and the blackbuck buried inside the zoo. When the carcasses were exhumed, they were found buried hardly 2 to 3 feet in the ground. The organs of all blackbuck were intact, showing that none of the organs had been operated for analysis. There was a big slit made on the chest and stomach and rest of the skin in all 31 of them was intact. "All this raises suspicion of foul play," she said.

On the other hand, the second postmortem, conducted on the order of the government, began at 9:30 pm on January 21 and continued till 5:30 am on January 22. Pandey remained present during the second postmortem process.

UP's Chief Wildlife Warden Rupak Dey, however, denied the allegations. "It is true that the spotted deer roam freely in the Kanpur Zoo, but it is also true that dogs killed our blackbuck. We have shown every possible evidence to her during the postmortem. Even body parts of blackbuck were recovered from the stomach of dogs. Let her submit the report to AWBI, we will answer all queries of MoEF," Dey stated.

On how dogs entered the blackbuck enclosure, Dey remarked: "For this, an enquiry is going on and we have also lodged an FIR. But one thing is certain that the blackbuck were killed by stray dogs."

Some of the questions raised

If blackbuck died when they hit the fence in panic after dogs entered the enclosure, then why there is no head injury

Though the boundary wall of the Kanpur zoo was broken, the enclosure of blackbuck, which is situated nearly 80 metres from the boundary, had no signs of breachIt is really amazing that the dogs

Why the dogs choose the blackbuck when there are hundreds of spotted deer roaming freely in the zoo campus

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