Warsaw zoo tests impact of hemp oil on elephants’ tension

Warsaw zoo tests impact 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.

    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. less

    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 been taking blood, … more

    Image: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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Picture: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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 been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s 3 elephants in recent days in preparations to test whether giving them hemp oil can minimize their stress. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, likewise referred to as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to decrease anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and pets. They are beginning their tests on their 3 African elephants, who have actually gone through a duration of stress following the death in March of an older female, Erna. 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. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, … more

Picture: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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

Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, said hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to reduce stress and anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and pets.

The zoo’s experts believed it made sense to see if could also help their animals, consisting of giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They decided, however, to start their tests on their three African elephants, who have actually undergone a period of stress following the death in March of a fellow older female, Erna.

” Basically tension is everywhere and we do not understand what’s going to occur in the future,” she stated.

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

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

If the research study works as hoped, the oil will simply “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 different ways however it will not give them any high,” she stated. “Hemp oil is not a drug.”

” We would never apply anything that threatens to animals,” she added.

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 followed his keepers as they purchased him to raise his trunk so they might take saliva swabs.

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

Among other things, the scientists are determining the elephants’ levels of cortisol, the tension hormonal agent. If all goes as planned, they will have the ability to begin administering drops of hemp oil in a couple of weeks however it’s anticipated to use up to 2 years to get arise from the study, Czujkowska said.

After Erna’s death, the remaining 2 women have struggled to establish a hierarchy.

The 23- year-old Fryderyka, also known as Fredzia, has actually long tried to manage the other woman, Buba, also 23, however was kept in check to some degree by Erna, who assisted to deal with conflicts.

Since Erna’s death, Fredzia in particular has shown higher levels of stress as she attempts to manage Buba’s eating and other behaviors.

Fredzia “is stressed since she is the one in charge of the herd. It resembles having a manager, 10 staff members and suddenly eight are laid off, and this boss has nothing to do,” said Patryk Pyciński, a mammal specialist at the zoo who is associated with the elephant study.

He said the zoo’s researchers hope that reducing stress levels will also enable Fredzia to develop. He said if she has her own offspring to guide, it might minimize her impulse to dominate Buba and reduce tensions in the group.

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