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Abandoned rare gaurs develop under care in Ninh Thuan

09 December 2020 | 08:07:00 AM

A group of gaurs that had been left starving at the Phuoc Binh National Forest in Ninh Thuan Province have improved after receiving better care.

A baby gaur was born from the group on December 1.

Director of the forest, Nguyen Cong Van said that a baby gaur was born from the group on December 1.

"The female baby gaur was born healthy, weighing around 20 kilos and showing wild traits inherited from its father," he said. "This is good news for the conservation of the rare gaurs' gene."

The official said that they are providing the best care for the gaurs and they have recovered well from malnutrition.

"Each of them is fed with about 10 kilos of fresh grass, 30 kilos of mixed foods, and sugary water a day," he said. "They're healthy now and gaining weight."


The gaurs are healthy now and gaining weight.

The official said that they are going to move the gaurs to an old-growth forest area in the forest which is believed to be more suitable.

"The new area is about five hectares and has fences around," he said. "I hope that they will live better in this new environment and the group will grow bigger. We will continue with a plan to sustainably develop a herd for scientific purposes."

Earlier, the 11 guars were allocated to the Lam Dong Provincial Centre for Application of Science & Technology to carry out research on the cross-bred gaurs to determine the potential of gene preservation and growth. The centre hired a farmer to take care of them at Phuoc Binh National Forest. However, the centre didn't provide enough funding and the animals had been left on the verge of starving to death in a 200-square-metre cage.


The starving gaurs found in September 2020.

Right after the poor situation of the 11 rare guars were covered by local media in September, authorities in Ninh Thuan Province had instructed the Phuoc Binh National Forest to take over the caring for the animals.

(, Dan Viet )

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