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Researchers take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. less
Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of 3 elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, … more
Picture: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.
Image: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.
Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. less
Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of 3 elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have actually been taking blood, … more
Image: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.
WARSAW, Poland (AP)– Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s three elephants in recent days to prepare to evaluate whether giving them hemp oil can minimize their stress.
Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo vet, stated hemp oil, also called CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has actually been shown to reduce anxiety and tension in other animals, including horses and pets.
The zoo’s specialists believed it made good sense to see if could also assist their animals, consisting of giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They chose, however, to start their tests on their 3 African elephants, who have actually gone through a duration of tension following the death in March of a fellow older female, Erna.
” Basically tension is everywhere and we do not understand what’s going to happen in the future,” she stated. “Maybe among the elephants will be pregnant, maybe there will be some type of injury in some cases. They can break a tusk– it occurs. They can get sick for no factor,” she stated.
” We want to have something that will let them smoothly go through this duration.”
While the study has actually drawn sensationalist headings, Czujkowska discussed that hemp oil is not a drug and is different from marijuana due to the fact that it does not consist of THC, the primary psychedelic compound in cannabis.
If the research study works as hoped, the oil will merely “calm them down a bit,” and have anti-inflammatory and other advantages, she informed The Associated Press on Friday as the animals ate big branches behind her.
” It will operate in different ways however it will not give them any high,” she stated. “Hemp oil is not a drug.”
” We would never ever apply anything that is dangerous to animals,” she included.
She and zookeepers brought the sole male elephant, Leon, into a pen Friday and from outside a protective cage they reached in to draw blood and take saliva samples. He obeyed his keepers as they bought him to raise his trunk so they could take saliva swabs.
Some 300 samples– of blood, saliva, urine and feces– have actually been taken control of the previous week in preparation.
To name a few things, the researchers are measuring the elephants’ levels of cortisol, the tension hormonal agent. If all goes as prepared, they will be able to start administering drops of hemp oil in a couple of weeks however it’s expected to take up to two years to get results from the research study, Czujkowska said.
After Erna’s death, the remaining two women have actually struggled to establish a hierarchy.
The 23- year-old Fryderyka, also referred to as Fredzia, has long tried to manage the other woman, Buba, likewise 23, however was kept in check to some degree by Erna, who helped to deal with conflicts.
Since Erna’s death, Fredzia in particular has shown greater levels of tension as she tries to control Buba’s eating and other behaviors.
Fredzia “is stressed out since she is the boss of the herd. It resembles having a boss, 10 employees and all of a sudden 8 are laid off, and this manager has absolutely nothing to do,” stated Patryk Pyciński, a mammal professional at the zoo who is involved in the elephant study.
He said the zoo’s scientists hope that minimizing stress levels will likewise permit Fredzia to develop. He stated if she has her own offspring to guide, it might decrease her impulse to control Buba and lessen stress in the group.