****URGENT CALL TO SAVE TIGRESS’ LIFE****The Iranian Health Ministry has ordered the LIFE of Olesya be TERMINATED. Olesya is a 6 year old Amur (Siberian) Tigress being held underground in isolation at Tehran’s Eram Zoo over the past FIVE YEARS.
The order to kill this young tigress is based ONLY on the “THOUGHT” that Olesya is infected with glanders (Burkholderia mallei) as her prospective partner had died of it in 2012.
The previous CF test used to detect exposure of an animal to the agent of glanders, which is the mandatory OIE recommended test for equids, has been validated for equids exclusively but not for tigers. It means that any CFT result from a tiger should be interpreted with extreme caution.
However, the fact that the tigress was in contact with an animal clinically sick of glanders…
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