Gwalior: Six more painted storks died at the municipal zoo taking the number of birds which died due to a suspected new sub-type of bird flu at the zoo to 24.
With this, the entire population of painted storks numbering 24 at the civic-run zoo has been wiped out.
All the painted storks were dead, Gwalior Municipal Corporation commissioner Anay Dwivedi told PTI on Monday. The remaining 300-odd birds of other species were in good health and the zoo was being disinfected, he said.
Three falcons which shared the enclosure with the painted storks too were fine though they were quarantined after samples of dead painted storks tested positive for H5N8 virus, Dwivedi said.
Bodies of dead birds were disposed of with utmost care, he said.