Old & un­well, Rita gets TV and mat­tress for heal­ing

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Delhi zoo is now try­ing to use novel ways to im­prove the health of Rita (58), who has been un­well for weeks now.

From a new mat­tress to a TV to en­ter­tain her, the en­clo­sure of the chim­panzee has been re­vamped, which of­fi­cials said may hope­fully im­prove her con­di­tion.

Ear­lier this year, Rita was recog­nised as the old­est chim­panzee in the coun­try. She is also the old­est an­i­mal in the zoo. Riyaz Khan, Delhi zoo cu­ra­tor, said the an­i­mal has been un­well since late July and was shifted to a liq­uid diet.

“To­day, she con­sumed milk, fresh fruit juices, co­conut wa­ter and wa­ter with sup­ple­ments,” said Khan.

Of­fi­cials said ve­teri­nary of­fi­cials from the Lucknow zoo were also called in to in­spect the an­i­mal on Thurs­day.

“They sug­gested a line of treat­ment and we have al­ready im­ple­mented that,” said Khan. Rita was brought to the Delhi zoo in 1964 from Am­s­ter­dam zoo.

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The chim­panzee’s en­clo­sure at Delhi zoo has been re­vamped

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