45 rabbits die in public park; poisoning suspected
Indian Express By Sibte Husain Bukhari
AS MANY as 45 rabbits were found dead in a public park managed by the nagarpalika in Una, Junagadh, on Thursday.
Chief Officer, Una Nagarpalika, Hitendra Kshotriya, said: "The post-mortem on the bodies has been carried out by the government veterinary officer. Viscera of the animals has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory. The exact cause of the deaths could be ascertained only after we receive the FSL report."
Sources, meanwhile, said that the night watchman was not present when the incident occurred. Besides, the cage was unlocked and the lock was found lying about 20 feet from the cage. "Someone may have intentionally killed the rabbits by giving them poisonous food," a source said.
The incident has shocked the wildlife lovers here. According to forest sources, the white rabbit is a hybrid exotic species included in the non-scheduled category animal. No permission from the Forest department is required to keep it caged.