WARSAW, Poland (AP)– Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s three elephants in current days to prepare to evaluate whether providing hemp oil can reduce their stress.
Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo vet, stated hemp oil, also called CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to decrease stress and anxiety and tension in other animals, consisting of horses and pet dogs.
The zoo’s professionals thought it made sense to see if might likewise assist their animals, including giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They chose, however, to start their tests on their three African elephants, who have actually undergone a duration of tension following the death in March of a fellow older female, Erna.
” Essentially stress is all over and we do not understand what’s going to take place in the future,” she stated. “Perhaps one of the elephants will be pregnant, possibly there will be some type of injury in some cases. They can break a tusk– it happens. They can get sick for no reason,” she said.
” We wish to have something that will let them efficiently go through this period.”
While the study has actually drawn sensationalist headings, Czujkowska described that hemp oil is not a drug and is various from cannabis due to the fact that it does not include THC, the primary psychedelic compound in marijuana.
If the research study works as hoped, the oil will merely “calm them down a bit,” and have anti-inflammatory and other benefits, she informed The Associated Press on Friday as the animals ate big branches behind her.
” It will operate in various ways but it will not provide any high,” she stated. “Hemp oil is not a drug.”
” We would never use anything that is dangerous to animals,” she included.
She and zookeepers brought the sole male elephant, Leon, into a pen Friday and from outside a protective cage they reached in to draw blood and take saliva samples. He obeyed his keepers as they ordered him to raise his trunk so they could take saliva swabs.
Some 300 samples– of blood, saliva, urine and feces– have actually been taken over the past week in preparation.
To name a few things, the scientists are determining the elephants’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. If all goes as planned, they will have the ability to begin administering drops of hemp oil in a few weeks but it’s anticipated to use up to 2 years to get arise from the research study, Czujkowska said.
After Erna’s death, the remaining two females have struggled to develop a hierarchy.
The 23- year-old Fryderyka, also referred to as Fredzia, has long tried to manage the other woman, Buba, likewise 23, however was kept in check to some degree by Erna, who helped to solve disputes.
Considering that Erna’s death, Fredzia in particular has actually revealed higher levels of tension as she tries to control Buba’s eating and other habits.
Fredzia “is stressed out because she is the boss of the herd. It resembles having a boss, 10 workers and unexpectedly eight are laid off, and this boss has nothing to do,” stated Patryk Pyciński, a mammal professional at the zoo who is involved in the elephant research study.
He said the zoo’s scientists hope that reducing tension levels will also enable Fredzia to develop. He stated if she has her own offspring to guide, it might minimize her impulse to control Buba and decrease stress in the group.