The word is experiencing a decline in the number of elephants making the animals one of the species facing extinction. A zoo in Warsaw is at the center of providing the best lifestyle for their remaining herd.
Early last month, one of the three elephants in the Poland zoo passed on. She was 35 years old and a leader to its herd. Her death evidently brought stress to the elephants according to the zookeeper. Polish hemp company, Dobrekonopie.pl is supplying CBD to be administered to the animals to relieve stress and anxiety.
Patric Pycinski, the zookeeper who attends to the animals, noticed that Fredzia and Buba, the two companions were the most affected from the loss of their herd leader. He noted how difficult it was for them trying to establish a new hierarchy.
CBD oil is being added to the animal’s food and administered orally for faster absorption. The elephant’s acceptance of CBD depends on whether they like the smell or taste. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a veterinarian and head of the zoo’s animal rehabilitation department said that after administering the CBD, saliva, blood and other samples were taken to test whether the animal’s stress and anxiety had reduced.
Medical cannabis has been used worldwide to treat dogs and horses, but it’s probably the first initiative of its kind for elephants. The project comes at an opportune time when the three remaining elephants need it most. The zoo monitors the elephant’s stress by checking their hormone level and through behavioral observation
Elephants were chosen for the first trials not only because they are prone to stress but also they are easy to monitor by keepers who are familiar with their behavior and positions in a group. Zoo officials say the outcome of the trials with elephants could lead to broader use of CBD among animals such as rhinoceros and bears.