Warsaw zoo tests result of hemp oil on elephants’ tension

Warsaw zoo tests result 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 three 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 three elephants in recent days in preparations to evaluate whether giving them hemp oil can minimize their tension. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, likewise called CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to reduce anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and pets. They are beginning 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. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, … more

    Image: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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. 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 actually been taking blood, … more

Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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 check whether giving them hemp oil can lower their stress.

Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo vet, stated hemp oil, also referred to as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to lower anxiety and tension in other animals, including horses and canines.

The zoo’s specialists believed it made sense to see if might likewise help their animals, consisting of giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They decided, however, to begin their tests on their three African elephants, who have actually gone through a duration of stress following the death in March of a fellow older woman, Erna.

” Basically stress is everywhere and we do not understand what’s going to occur in the future,” she stated. “Possibly among the elephants will be pregnant, maybe there will be some sort of injury sometimes. 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 efficiently go through this period.”

While the research study has drawn sensationalist headings, Czujkowska described that hemp oil is not a drug and is different from cannabis because it does not contain THC, the primary psychedelic substance in cannabis.

If the research 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 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 could take saliva swabs.

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

Among other things, the scientists are measuring the elephants’ levels of cortisol, the tension hormonal agent. If all goes as planned, they will be able to start administering drops of hemp oil in a few weeks but it’s anticipated to use up to 2 years to get arise from the study, Czujkowska stated.

After Erna’s death, the staying two women have actually struggled to develop a hierarchy.

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

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

Fredzia “is stressed out since she is in charge of the herd. It’s like having a boss, 10 employees and all of a sudden 8 are laid off, and this boss has nothing to do,” stated Patryk Pyciński, a mammal expert at the zoo who is involved in the elephant research study.

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

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