Thanks, in all chance, to a tuberculosis-infected badger, a zoo in England has needed to put 60 mammal species on contraception through injections, implants, tablets and IUDs, the BBC is reporting.
And, sure, that features lions and tigers, in accordance with The Occasions. The massive cats should be knocked out with a dart gun earlier than receiving their contraception injection.
Based on The Telegraph, 11 antelopes at Paignton Zoo needed to be killed final summer time after one was discovered to be contaminated with TB. The illness is believed to have originated with a badger.
Authorities guidelines say no animals could be transferred from the zoo till the top of the yr to stop the unfold of TB. That is left the zoo involved about overcrowding.
As a part of its breeding program, Paignton normally sends animals to lots of of zoos around the globe. Now if it would not cease its mammals from breeding, it might run out of house.
“We should forestall overcrowding, however we should nonetheless be ready to participate in breeding applications when the restrictions are lifted,” says Ghislaine Sayers, the zoo’s head vet.
“So we’d like short-term options.”
There are dangers concerned with giving animals contraception: It could possibly put on off too rapidly and permit them to grow to be pregnant; it could actually trigger younger animals to grow to be sterile; and it could actually trigger male animals to lose muscle.
“And animals are people, so — like people — some contraceptives go well with some higher than others,” Sayers says. The zoo is consulting with consultants round Europe and can check its animals for TB once more in six months.
It additionally plans on bettering fencing to maintain badgers out.
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