The National Zoological Park in Delhi was closed down indefinitely on Tuesday following confirmation that the death of at least nine water birds recently was due to bird flu, said sources.
The death of a few ducks had been noticed about “four to five days” ago and a few pelicans were also found dead later, the sources added, terming the shutdown a “precautionary measure”.
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Development and General Administration Minister Gopal Rai said, “Officials in charge of the zoo informed us about the flu infecting birds. The flu has been diagnosed as H5 avian influenza. The zoo has been closed for now and we are taking all necessary measures.”
Ducks and pelicans are kept in separate ponds at the zoological park. Before the bird deaths were spotted, the zoo had nearly 40 pelicans and 20 ducks.