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Elephants to be Given CBD
Two African elephants housed at the Warsaw Zoo in Poland will be receiving CBD to treat stress.
According to CNN the zoo announced last week that staff would be experimenting with CBD as a way to improve the mood of elephants who are suffering from stress.
“To begin with,” read the statement, “the program included Fredzia the elephant, who after the recent death of Erna (the former head of the elephant herd) was a bit stressed and had a bit of trouble finding her position in the herd.” In a Facebook video, Warsaw Zoo zookeeper Patryk Pyciński says that elephants can suffer for weeks and even years following the loss of a herd member.
The experiment will be conducted with Fredzia and another female herd member, Buba. According to the zookeepers, Fredzia began trying to assert her dominance over Buba following the death of Erna. It’s hoped that the treatments will curb Fredzia’s “undesirable” behavior. Warsaw Zoo veterinarian Agnieszka Czujkowska said it could take months before the results are compiled. “Like most zoos we do research [and] we monitor the level of stress hormones. Thanks to this we will know if the substances [will] help the elephants,” said Czujkowska.
The CBD oil used for the experiment will be provided by Dobrekonopie.