Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants’ tension

Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants’ tension

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press

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  • Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s three elephants in recent days in preparations to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress. Zoo veterinarian Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and dogs. They are starting their tests on their three African elephants, who have undergone a period of stress following the death in March of an older female, Erna. Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP / Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

    Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of 3 elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have actually been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s 3 elephants in recent days in preparations to check whether providing hemp oil can decrease their stress. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to minimize stress and anxiety and stress in other animals, consisting of horses and canines. They are starting their tests on their three African elephants, who have undergone a period of stress following the death in March of an older female, Erna. less

    Researchers take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of 3 elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have actually been taking blood, … more

    Image: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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Picture: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. less

Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, … more

Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

WARSAW, Poland (AP)– Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s 3 elephants in current days to prepare to check whether giving them hemp oil can minimize their tension.

Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, said hemp oil, likewise known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has actually been shown to decrease anxiety and stress in other animals, consisting of horses and pets.

The zoo’s professionals believed it made sense to see if might likewise assist their animals, consisting of giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They chose, however, to begin their tests on their 3 African elephants, who have actually gone through a period of stress following the death in March of a fellow older female, Erna.

” Basically stress is everywhere and we do not know what’s going to happen in the future,” she said.

” We wish to have something that will let them smoothly go through this period.”

While the study has actually drawn sensationalist headlines, Czujkowska discussed that hemp oil is not a drug and is different from cannabis because it does not contain THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana.

If the study works as hoped, the oil will simply “relax them down a bit,” and have anti-inflammatory and other benefits, she told The Associated Press on Friday as the animals consumed big branches behind her.

” It will work in various ways however it will not provide any high,” she stated. “Hemp oil is not a drug.”

” We would never ever 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 purchased him to raise his trunk so they could take saliva swabs.

Some 300 samples– of blood, saliva, urine and feces– have been taken control of the previous week in preparation.

To name a few things, the researchers are measuring the elephants’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. If all goes as planned, they will be able to start administering drops of hemp oil in a couple of 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 women have actually struggled to establish a hierarchy.

The 23- year-old Fryderyka, likewise referred to as Fredzia, has actually long tried to manage the other female, Buba, likewise 23, however was kept in check to some degree by Erna, who assisted to resolve disputes.

Given that Erna’s death, Fredzia in particular has actually revealed higher levels of stress as she tries to control Buba’s consuming and other habits.

Fredzia “is stressed due to the fact that she is in charge of the herd. It’s like having a boss, 10 employees and suddenly 8 are laid off, and this employer has nothing to do,” said Patryk Pyciński, a mammal specialist at the zoo who is associated with the elephant research study.

He stated the zoo’s scientists hope that reducing stress levels will likewise enable Fredzia to conceive. He said if she has her own offspring to guide, it could lower her impulse to control Buba and decrease tensions in the group.

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