In the wake of Noor Jehan’s recent passing, an elephant at Karachi Zoo that sparked concerns about the zoo’s conditions, another elephant named Madhubala has now fallen ill with a potentially fatal infection.
Madhubala, who has been kept in isolation since April following the death of her partner Noor Jehan, has been diagnosed with the infection after a team of veterinarians from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences conducted blood tests. It is suspected that Madhubala contracted the infection from Noor Jehan, as the postmortem report revealed that Noor Jehan died from a blood parasite disease.
An undisclosed official from the zoo revealed that Madhubala has received some treatment for the illness, and the treatment will continue until additional samples are taken. Efforts are underway to prevent the infection from progressing to an advanced stage.
Previously, it was reported that Karachi authorities have designated a plot of land at Safari Park, spanning over an acre, for Madhubala. The plan is to provide her with training and prepare a container for her relocation. The process of shifting Madhubala to the new area is still in its initial phase, as the allocated area has remained unused and overgrown for the past 50 years.