Elephant Noor Jahan died of parasitic infection; autopsy reveals.

KARACHI -- The postmortem report of elephant Noor Jehan who passed away last month in Karachi Zoo, Thursday revealed that she died from blood parasite disease.

Karachi Administrator Dr. Syed Saif-ur-Rahman confirmed the development during a press conference saying that the postmortem report of the dead elephant has been received from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

He said the postmortem was carried out under the scientific and technical supervision of experts and samples of all vital organs were taken to determine the exact cause of death after that full scanning of Madhu Bala and other animals of the zoo has also been done to detect the presence of any germs in them.

There was continuous contact with the doctors and experts of the international organization Fourpaws in connection with the treatment and postmortem of the elephant, while NGOs also provided support and guidance, he added.

The Administrator Karachi said that in 2009, four elephants were brought to the Safari Park from Tanzania, a year later, two elephants Noor Jahan and Madhu Bala were transferred to the Karachi Zoo.

The treatment was done by Fourpaws doctors and later the elephants were also examined at the zoo, a cavity in the tooth was diagnosed and treated the following year.

In November 2022, Noor Jahan, the elephant, developed swelling in his left leg, for which treatment was given. However, in January 2023, the same problem occurred again and she was suffering due to swelling on his back, he said.

He said that Fourpaws specialists were contacted for treatment of the elephant Noorjehan, who did an X-ray and ultrasound and diagnosed hematoma. The consultation was also ensured with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, KMC, and zoo staff continued to focus on the treatment of the elephant Noor Jahan and for the first time...

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