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31 deer die in TN park due to 'high intake' of subabul leaves

Press Trust of India  |  Tiruchirappalli (TN) 

As many as 31 spotted have died at a park near here in the past few days due to caused by excessive intake of leaves

containing toxic amino acid, a said.

The died of excessive consumption of subabul tree leaves, which are rich in protein and have mimusin, a toxic amino acid, since November 1.

Too much intake of the leaves had resulted in digestion problems leading to the death of the animals, the said Sunday.

While 17 died on November 1, eight perished the next day. Another six died on Saturday. Twenty-five of them were female and some were also pregnant, the said.

There were about 180 deer in the park which were taken care of by their keepers. Officials were now keeping an eye on the rest.

Postmortem of a couple of deer revealed the cause of the deaths, following which the keepers have been asked not to feed subabul leaves to the remaining, the official said.

According to the official, the keepers overfed the deer in their enthusiasm as the animals ate the leaves with relish.

Officials were now providing certain type of grass, besides a concoction, including powdered pepper, and drinking water for the rest of the herd as a preventive measure, the official said.

Any symptoms of illness would be noticed only after a deer would isolate itself from the group and no deer has done so since Saturday night, she said.

"Therefore, there may not be anymore casualties," the official added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 16:15 IST