As many as six deer showing signs of foot and mouth disease died in Changa Manga forest zoo in district Kasur for which medical investigation is underway.
A spokesman from Wildlife Department told APP here on Saturday that these animals died between Dec 22-31.
He said the outbreak of foot & mouth disease may be the reason behind the deaths but a fact finding team was probing the incident.
The post-mortem reports and findings of a special team from veterinary university are awaited to reach the conclusions, he added.
He stressed that all the precautionary measures have been taken to control even the remote chances of disease by vaccinating the animals, including 56 remaining deer. “Last deer died on Dec 31 and there is no further death because of the steps taken for their protection”, he added.
The spokesman rejected the impression that the animals died because of cold or lack of proper diet.
Foot and mouth is a viral disease and it can spread any where, he said adding, the livestock farmers must also protect their animals.
There are more than 70 other animals in the zoo including monflen sheep, black deer and white antelopes.