Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants’ stress

Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants’ stress

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 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 current days in preparations to check whether giving them hemp oil can decrease their tension. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has actually been revealed to reduce stress and anxiety and tension in other animals, including horses and pet dogs. They are starting their tests on their 3 African elephants, who have gone through a period of tension following the death in March of an older woman, Erna. less

    Researchers 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

    Picture: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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Image: 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. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s three elephants in current days in preparations to test whether providing hemp oil can reduce their tension. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, also called CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to lower anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and pet dogs. They are starting their tests on their three African elephants, who have gone through a duration of stress following the death in March of an older woman, 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. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, … more

Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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

Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, stated hemp oil, likewise called CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has actually been revealed to lower anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and dogs.

The zoo’s specialists believed it made sense to see if could also assist their animals, including giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They chose, nevertheless, to start their tests on their three African elephants, who have actually undergone a period of tension following the death in March of a fellow older woman, Erna.

” Basically tension is everywhere and we don’t understand what’s going to take place in the future,” she stated. “Perhaps one of the elephants will be pregnant, maybe there will be some kind of injury often. They can break a tusk– it occurs. They can get sick for no factor,” she stated.

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

While the study has drawn sensationalist headings, Czujkowska described that hemp oil is not a drug and is different from marijuana since it does not contain THC, the main psychedelic compound in cannabis.

If the research study works as hoped, the oil will merely “relax 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 work in different ways however it will not provide any high,” she stated. “Hemp oil is not a drug.”

” We would never ever 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 obeyed his keepers as they bought 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 previous week in preparation.

Among other things, the researchers 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 but it’s anticipated to use up to two years to get results from the research study, Czujkowska stated.

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

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

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

Fredzia “is stressed out because she is the boss of the herd. It’s like having an employer, 10 employees and unexpectedly eight are laid off, and this boss has absolutely nothing to do,” said Patryk Pyciński, a mammal professional at the zoo who is involved in the elephant research study.

He said the zoo’s scientists hope that lowering stress levels will also permit Fredzia to develop. He said if she has her own offspring to guide, it might lower her impulse to dominate Buba and decrease stress in the group.

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