Warsaw zoo tests impact of hemp oil on elephants’ stress

Warsaw zoo tests impact 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 3 elephants in current days in preparations to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress. Zoo vet Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, likewise referred to as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to reduce anxiety and tension in other animals, consisting of horses and dogs. They are beginning their tests on their three African elephants, who have actually undergone a duration of tension 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. Researchers at Warsaw’s zoo have actually been taking blood, … more

    Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP.

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 test whether giving them hemp oil can minimize their tension. Zoo veterinarian Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, likewise known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been revealed to decrease stress and anxiety and tension in other animals, consisting of horses and pets. They are starting their tests on their 3 African elephants, who have actually undergone a duration 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 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.

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

Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo vet, stated hemp oil, likewise known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has actually been revealed to lower stress and anxiety and stress in other animals, consisting of horses and canines.

The zoo’s professionals thought it made sense to see if might also help their animals, including giraffes, rhinos and polar bears. They decided, nevertheless, to start their tests on their three African elephants, who have gone through a duration of tension following the death in March of a fellow older female, Erna.

” Generally stress is everywhere and we don’t know what’s going to take place in the future,” she stated.

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

While the study has drawn sensationalist headings, Czujkowska discussed that hemp oil is not a drug and is various from cannabis because it does not contain THC, the primary psychedelic compound 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 informed The Associated Press on Friday as the animals consumed large branches behind her.

” It will operate in various methods but 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 ordered 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.

Among other things, the researchers are measuring 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 few weeks however it’s expected to take up to 2 years to get arise from the study, Czujkowska said.

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

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

Since Erna’s death, Fredzia in particular has actually revealed greater levels of stress as she tries to control Buba’s eating and other habits.

Fredzia “is stressed out because she is in charge of the herd. It resembles having an employer, 10 staff members and all of a sudden 8 are laid off, and this employer has absolutely nothing to do,” stated Patryk Pyciński, a mammal specialist at the zoo who is involved in the elephant study.

He stated the zoo’s researchers hope that lowering tension levels will likewise allow Fredzia to develop. He said if she has her own offspring to guide, it might minimize her impulse to control Buba and minimize tensions in the group.

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