WARSAW, Poland – Two African elephants, Fredzia and Buba, have been prescribed CBD oil to assistance them mellow out. Though they say an elephant in no way forgets, zoo workers at the Warsaw Zoological Garden in Warsaw, Poland, are hoping CBD will assistance the elephants overlook their tension.
The herd at Warsaw Zoo appears to be struggling with the loss of 1 of its members.
“To start with, the plan 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 difficulty acquiring her position in the herd,” the zoo stated.
For elephants, group dynamics are an critical aspect of their every day lives.
“Elephants are very intelligent animals with really difficult brains,” Warsaw Zoo zookeeper Patryk Pyciński stated. “They’re really social animals that are interdependent on every other and as a group, they build a difficult organism.”
Pyciński stated 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 stated it could take various months to figure out if the CBD is operating. Czujkowska has currently administered CBD to dogs and horses.
The experiment could assistance other veterinarians and zookeepers. Since elephants are socially complicated, conflict and tension 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 tension hormones. Thanks to this we will know if the substances [will] assistance the elephants,” Czujkowska stated.