IT is quite sad that one of the newly-acquired animals, a baby kangaroo, being kept at the Emperor Valley Zoo close to the Queen’s Park Savannah died soon after the Independence Day celebrations. It is also alleged that the noise from the fireworks on that Saturday night may have caused shock and trauma to the poor animal which caused it to go into cardiac arrest from which it never recovered.

We may never know the truth about this matter as zoo personnel are insisting that the fireworks noise caused it. Handlers and patrons at the event are disputing that this was the cause of the animal’s demise. The animal could not talk (at least not in our language) and the other animals around has no way of communicating a message to zookeepers.

Whichever way it goes there are advocates for “noiseless’’ fireworks and others are calling for the zoo to be relocated so they could enjoy their explosive events without bother. Recently, there was a complaint that noise from a party held at a house owned by a well-known cricketer was the cause of much discomfort and unease among the animals at the zoo. So, there is some evidence that noise does cause discomfort among the animals and perhaps that is why some of the cages do have warning signs about startling the animals.

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