Source: Mehr News Agency
Veterinarians in Tehran University Veterinary School euthanized a bear diagnosed for being targeted with more than 100 bullets shot by hunters. The bear was reportedly noticed by local pastors in rural setting in Eslamabad Gharb of Kermanshah, a western province of Iran.
Eslamabad's Department of Environment local office received an account of a bear 'not in proper health' by the local cattle shepherds. The staff of the Department had been said to control the bear in cooperation with local people in Tang Shohan heights after 3 hours of operation, Keyvan Houshmand was quoted by Mehr News to have said.
"The bear was a female young brown bear which the shepherds reported to 'rotate around itself' because of general severe weakness and a right-paw injury.' The preliminary examinations resulted in apparent poisoning by eating wild mushrooms or being bitten by a snake, or eating a poisoned carcass, or a heavy blow on the head," said he, and that "the bear however was transferred to Kermanshah's Veterinary School for better diagnosis."
"With the demand by Dr. Marashi, the chief veterinarian of the Environment, the bear had been transferred to Pardisan Wild Park clinic, and having been anesthetized, taken to University of Tehran Veterinary School hospital," he said, where the CT scan revealed the astonishing fact that there were more than 100 bullets from shotgun shells fired at close range by the hunters in the head, neck, and upper part of the bear's body.
"The evidence indicated that the animal failed to find its food due to visual loss and became haggard and weak over time," he added. "However, the veterinary team diagnosed the damage as being irreversible and ended the bear's life through euthanasia," the head of Iran's Environment and Wildlife Watch told Mehr News.
Dr. Iman Memarian, the veterinarian in Pardisan Wildlife Park clinic said that the metal objects in the head, skull, and rib cage of the animal had caused blindness and the paralysis of the right hand of the body. "The penetration of many shells to skull and the left side of the brain is the real cause of much of damage to the brain," he added, and that "the medical team ended the suffering of the bear by injection of T61, since shells were seen also in other vital organs of the animal such as aorta."
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