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Mumbai: Even as necropsy reports have revealed “infection leading to septicemia” to be the cause of the death of the female Humboldt penguin in Byculla Zoo, doctors of the department of veterinary pathology at Bombay Veterinary College, Parel, are carrying out further investigation in this case.

Reports said penguin Dory was in ill health for six days. On October 18, it showed dullness, lack of appetite and laboured breathing accompanied by greenish stools. It was treated in consultation with an exotic bird specialist. However, it died on October 23.

Dr Pramod Meshram, who conducted necropsy said, “The zoo authorities have requested and handed over the blood and impression smears of organs (liver, lungs, heart and intestines), intestinal contents in sterilized vials (in a strict aseptic manner), heart blood for lab diagnosis and tissues for histopathology for the study of diseases.”

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