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Possible Therapy for Capture Myopathy in Captured Wild Animals

Naturevolume 247page577 (1974) | Download Citation

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CAPTURE myopathy (so-called overstraining disease) in wild animals has gained increasing prominence over the past decade as attempts to capture remaining nuclei of rare species for relocation and restocking, are rendered abortive by high death rates. The proportion of deaths is usually highest in the calves and in gravid females. High death rates in diminishing animal species such as tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus) have occurred in spite of all precautions, such as the use of a helicopter to reduce the time between alerting the subject animal and the placement of a syringe containing suitable immobilising compounds.

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  1. Nature Conservation Division, P. Bag X209, Pretoria

    • A. M. HARTHOORN
  2. Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort

    • K. VAN DER WALT
  3. Division Veterinary Services, Kruger National Park, P.O. Skukuza, South Africa

    • E. YOUNG

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