WARSAW, Poland – Two African elephants, Fredzia and Buba, have been prescribed CBD oil to aid them mellow out. Though they say an elephant by no means forgets, zoo workers at the Warsaw Zoological Garden in Warsaw, Poland, are hoping CBD will aid the elephants overlook their anxiety.
“We have began a project through which we will verify the impact of CBD hemp oils on the mood of our animals,” the zoo announced.
The herd at Warsaw Zoo appears to be struggling with the loss of 1 of its members.
“To commence with, the system incorporated Fredzia the elephant, who following the current death of Erna (the former head of the elephant herd) was a bit stressed and had a bit of problems locating her position in the herd,” the zoo mentioned.
For elephants, group dynamics are an vital aspect of their every day lives.
“Elephants are exceptionally intelligent animals with extremely complex brains,” Warsaw Zoo zookeeper Patryk Pyciński mentioned. “They’re extremely social animals that are interdependent on every single other and as a group, they generate a complex organism.”
Pyciński mentioned elephants usually struggle with the loss of a member for months or even years.
Warsaw Zoo veterinarian Agnieszka Czujkowska is overseeing the CBD initiative and mentioned it could take numerous months to figure out if the CBD is functioning. Czujkowska has currently administered CBD to dogs and horses.
The experiment could aid other veterinarians and zookeepers. Since elephants are socially complicated, conflict and anxiety can usually arise amongst members of a herd.
“We would like to see how CBD oil—hemp flower extract—affects elephants. Like most zoos we do study [and] we monitor the level of anxiety hormones. Thanks to this we will know if the substances [will] aid the elephants,” Czujkowska mentioned.