To save zoo animals from the extreme sound pollution caused by the fire crackers, the Alipore Zoo appointed extra guards and workers, who were constantly on work at the zoo since Sunday. The workers not only checked on the animals from time to time, but also tried to give them a relaxed environment. For instance, if a deer in the zoological garden got scared, the guard arranged for extra shelter and water. “There is hardly anything we can do. However, the presence of known faces might sooth the animals and birds,” said a zoo officer. They also constantly checked the premise for fire or other miscreants during Diwali.
“As of now, there have been no instances, but we are on constant lookout. Besides, it is illegal to enter the zoo with fire crackers and we are checking the bags of the visitors,” said the official.
Due to the heavy rain till Saturday, the zoo authorities were a bit relaxed thinking that the sound pollution will not be as much as previous years. However, from Sunday evening, the weather condition improved and the authorities had to be on guard.
“The most affected are the birds and often they become sick due to the high decibel sound produced from a cracker. So, checking on them from time to time is extremely important. With proper and timely treatment, a sick bird can cope with the illness,” said the official adding that there are more than 30 species of birds in the zoo.
Source: Times of India