Over 200 Bats Found Dead In Bihar Village

by Gizel Menezes
Over 200 Bats Found Dead In Bihar Village

Locals residing in Tarari region of Bihar were gripped with panic and curiosity after they found a large number of dead bats in the region. As per estimates by the Bihar government’s animal husbandry department, about 200 bats were found dead.

Over 200 Bats Found Dead In Bihar

As soon as the locals found the carcasses of the bats, they immediately informed the animal husbandry department. According to HT, a team of 6 doctors visited the site and reported the death of around 200 bats.

The swab samples of these dead bats were taken by the doctors. These will now be sent to the Institute of Animal Health and Production situated in Patna for testing.

As the bizarre incident comes amidst the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic which has been linked to bats, it has generated curiosity and fear among many.

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Swab Samples Of Dead Bats Sent For Testing

As per HT, the reason of these mass deaths can be ascertained only after getting the medical reports from Patna. However, according to officials, the bats couldn’t have died because of bird flu as bird flu is not known to spread in high temperatures like those prevailing at present. Also, since bats are mammals, it is unlikely to affect them.

As per procedure, the dead bats have been buried 5-6 feet deep in the ground keeping in mind all the medical precautions. The site of the incident as well as all the nearby places have been sanitized.

In a similar incident, a large number of bats were also found dead in Gorakhpur’s Belghat area this week only. While officials have prima facie said that the bats could have died due to excessive heat, the bat carcasses have been sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly for examination to ascertain the exact reasons of the death.

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