Warsaw Zoo Treating Grieving Elephant With CBD
Animal care specialists at the Warsaw Zoo are studying the potential therapeutic uses of CBD by using it as a treatment for an elephant experiencing the grief of losing a member of its herd. The experiment at the zoo in Poland’s capital is being led by Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, the head of the facility’s Animal Rehabilitation Department.
In March of this year, Erna, the largest female and elder of the zoo’s herd of four elephants passed away, which caused a major disruption of the group dynamics of the remaining three animals.
“This is a huge game-changer in every elephant group,” Czujkowska told the BBC. “Elephants might have behavioral problems when the structure of a group changes.”
After Erna’s death, one of the three remaining elephants, another female named Fredzia, began exhibiting signs of grief.
“Fredzia reacted strangely when she saw Erna’s body. She was really excited,” Czujkowska explained. “But you could see that she was also grieving actually, she was also depressed.”
After the death of an elder member of an elephant herd, it can take months or even years for the members of the group to cope with the loss. Only then can the herd return to its previous