****URGENT CALL TO SAVE TIGRESS’ LIFE****The Iranian Health Ministry has ordered the LIFE of Olesya be TERMINATED. Olesya is a 6 year old Amur (Siberian) Tigress being held underground in isolation at Tehran’s Eram Zoo over the past FIVE YEARS.
The order to kill this young tigress is based ONLY on the “THOUGHT” that Olesya is infected with glanders (Burkholderia mallei) as her prospective partner had died of it in 2012.
The previous CF test used to detect exposure of an animal to the agent of glanders, which is the mandatory OIE recommended test for equids, has been validated for equids exclusively but not for tigers. It means that any CFT result from a tiger should be interpreted with extreme caution.
However, the fact that the tigress was in contact with an animal clinically sick of glanders (lab confirmed) and presented a CFT positive test suggests, and “ONLY SUGGESTS”, that Olesya has been exposed to glanders in 2012.
In addition, the previous test that the Iranian Health Ministry emphasize on, indicates the tests were conducted on 12 tigers, but that is untrue as there were only 2 tigers in Iran.
The Iranian Health Ministry, for the past 5 years refuse additional blood analysis on Olesya to validate the presence of the disease. Olesya’s life will be terminated, based their assumption.
Olesya has shown NO signs of any illness, at any time. If the tigress was infected (as thought), she would have perished MANY YEARS ago. And yet, OLESYA and her FATE, remain HIDDEN from the WORLD.
Seeking the Iranian Department of Environment, Iran Veterinary Organization and Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education AGREE to obtain/perform current blood analysis for confirmation.