Darjeeling: The 8-month-old male takin, the youngest of the five takins brought to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) from Berlin, died on Tuesday.The other four animals are in good health and have been shifted to the display area of the zoological park in Darjeeling. “Charles was the youngest of the takins. He was suffering from acute stomach infection and was under treatment for five days. The animal died on Friday night. The other takins are in good health. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey have been shifted to the display area,” said Rajendra Jakher, director of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. The zoological park had received five zoo-bred takins from Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde GmbH Zoo as part of an exchange programme in January this year. A pair of red pandas will be sent to Berlin soon in return. Mishmi Takins (Budorcas taxicolor) is a goat-antelope found in eastern Himalayas. The four takins from Berlin that are on display are —Claire (female, two years 10 months) Danny (male, two years 11 months) Ramona (female, one year one months) and Rock (male, one year four months). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn arrival from Berlin they were under observation and regular check-ups were conducted to keep tabs on their health. Recently, they were shifted to the display area and have become a major attraction at the zoo. The zoo was founded in 1958 and specialises in the captive breeding of endangered Himalayan species including Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf; Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Satyr Tragopan (crimson-horned pheasant) Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the pioneer zoo in India to have initiated the captive breeding programme of snow leopards. In 1986, this programme had been initiated with four snow leopards.
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