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February 1, 2010

Five Blackbucks found dead at Rajkot zoo

     Rajkot: Authorities at the Pradyuman Park Zoo in Rajkot found five Black Bucks dead in their enclosures under mysterious circumstances on Monday. The incident has shocked keepers and officials of the Pradyuman Park Zoo. The deer were lying mutilated when the keepers went to their enclosure early in the morning. Authorities believe that two stray dogs, which trespassed into the deer enclosures, may have killed the animals. However, they are awaiting a medical and post-mortem report to ascertain the cause. Even though the zoo is well-guarded by around 38 security guards, entering of canines in the premises is a security lapse, said a zoo official. "We had deployed a security guard outside the enclosure of the deer so that no stray animal enters their enclosure. Overall, we have deployed 38 security guards many of them are ex-army men. It seems to be a security lapse," said P Maradia, Superintendent, Pradyuman Park Zoo, Rajkot. The zoo was founded just a few weeks ago and consequent to the mysterious death of the black bucks, plans are afoot to upgrade overall security in and around it.
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