Animals also need care, protection, and companionship as human beings do, when we put them in solitary confinement, we are deciding their deliberate death. This Black Bear in Bahria Orchard Zoo Suffering from Zoochosis is Rescued after Video Went Viral.
A video of a bear caged in Bahria Orchard is seen shaking his head side-to-side and striding around inside a cage. Video emerged on the surface of social media a few days earlier, instigating serious concerns among animal rights activists. The zoo has recently come under fire because of a bear who is in a repentant condition and struggling to cope with a “lifeless” life.
This Black Bear in Bahria Orchard Zoo Suffering from Zoochosis is Rescued
Watch the embed video to have a visual idea of the state of the poor animal.
Video emerges of a black bear displaying symptoms of Zoochosis in Bahria Orchard Zoo Lahore. There was no water source in the enclosure and this poor animal was all alone. Searing heat, No water, Loneliness and boredom are driving him insane.@BahriaTownOffic @PunjabWildlife help.
Video emerges of a black bear displaying symptoms of Zoochosis in Bahria Orchard Zoo Lahore.There was no water source in the enclosure and this poor animal was all alone.Seering heat,No water,Loneliness and boredom are driving him insane.@BahriaTownOffic @PunjabWildlife help🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/5FEq6tRzDn
— save the wild (@wildpakistan) June 28, 2020
Veteran Actor Shaan Shahid took to Twitter and Discourse Directly to Malik Riaz.
Special Request to #MalikRiaz owner Bahria town. Kindly close Down all your ZOOs as animals are being treated very badly. It is a humble request to either take notice or send them back to their natural habitat. Kindness towards animals is a part of our faith as well. #Bkind
special Request to #MalikRiaz owner Bahria town . Kindly close Down all your ZOOs as animals are being treated very badly. It is a humble request to either take notice or send them back to their natural habitat. As kindness towards animals is a part of our faith as well. #Bkind pic.twitter.com/y45HkEeWlB
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) July 5, 2020
Shaan urged the people to share the tweet further so that the message reached “the people who could do something for the freedom of these animals”. Though, several animal rights activists came forward and scorn harshly to the Bahria Orchard administration and expressed their concerns about the well-being of the animal.
According to Animals-Being Experts
“Bears are considered intelligent animals, which must be given toys or other stimuli, especially under captivity; otherwise, they develop zoochosis, a repetitive behaviour pattern showing mental disturbance.”
Tanveer Janjua from the Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department said,
“We had already informed the Bahria administration to add stimuli for the bear and once it displayed normal behaviour, a mate could be brought in too. However, whoever made the video had not shown the other side of the cage, which had food, water as well as a shed. All other SOPs were being followed. How can an animal survive without water in this weather?”
“The zoos could be ‘educational’ even though they are not natural habitat. We have currently given Bahria Orchard 10 days and they have begun with the provision of tires and swings [for the enclosure]. But I believe all captive animals were depressed. Zoos must indeed end.”
The Bahria Town Administration Done Every Possible Thing!
“A committee had been formed with Changa Manga and Jallo Park vets, the assistant director of Lahore Division, and himself to monitor the status of the bear. The Bahria administration had readily accepted the new directions and stimuli were being brought in slowly.
A team of Wildlife Department Visited the Bahria Orchard Zoo to Inspect
The department claimed on its official Twitter handle.
“A team comprising Officials and Vets of the Wildlife Department along with various animal rights activists visited the Bahria Orchid Wildlife Breeding Farm. Necessary inspection of the animal enclosure and animal health was carried out. The black bear was healthy, well-fed, with an adequate supply of water. The administration was advised to ensure pairing and enclosure enrichment by providing a swinging platform, hanging tyres, wooden blocks, etc. The administration ensured to follow all the SOPs.”
@PunjabWildlife visited Bahria Orchard Zoo along with animals tights activists to check up on the bear,they found the bear to be healthy and well fed with adequate supply of water!The Bahria Administration was advised to ensure pairing and animal pic.twitter.com/GVgdEqJM7J
— save the wild (@wildpakistan) July 5, 2020
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“The animal was doing perfectly fine and that the swings and other stimulants had been added to its enclosure. The bear’s enclosure was being expanded as well. We have done a favour by saving this bear. It was being used by a ‘madari’ as a dancing bear and being paraded around in the heat and not even given enough to eat. We brought it here, fed it with milk, and now it is happy and plays too.”
An Animal rights’ activist, Ayeza Haider also confirmed that the bear seemed relaxed
“Earlier it had been showing signs of boredom, but even then, the video that went viral did not show the whole picture. There are two enclosures [for the bear] and it was in the smaller one so that they [zoo staff] could enter from the other side and feed it. We discovered that it was short of cage enrichment – which is already being done by the admin, and after this, we will ease in a mate from the other Bahria Zoo. Finally, we hope to request the admin to move the animals to a wildlife sanctuary closer to their habitat. The zoo did not have too many animals. It had deer, ducks, and flamingos and these animals and birds were also breeding which was a sign of contentment. There are lions too which are healthy and groomed. We just want cage enrichment and monitoring.”
We hope an honest inspection and investigation of an apprehensive matter would solve the issue.