Anand, a 10-year-old male captive Royal Bengal tiger, died on the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Thursday early morning.
Anand, one of many star points of interest of SGNP’s tiger safari, was recognized with a uncommon type of most cancers in early July much like its brother Yash that had died final May on the age of 12.
Yash had died attributable to a smooth tissue muscular tumour, or rhabdomyosarcoma in medical parlance.
Anand was additionally affected by a kidney ailment.
“Anand died at 5 am on Thursday and its post-mortem examination will be done later in the day by a team of veterinarians,” stated Vijay Barabde, vary forest officer and superintendent of the lion and tiger safari at SGNP.
In June, veterinarians on the park had recognized a lump in Anand’s jaw and likewise an uncommon progress on the left facet of its decrease lip. “Anand’s blood test had revealed that it was suffering from a chronic renal disease, while a malignant tumour was identified after a biopsy was conducted by Mumbai Veterinary College authorities. However, the exact cause of its death will be known after the post-mortem examination report is made available to us,” stated a senior SGNP official.
Anand had stopped consuming stable meals for the previous 10 days, stated Barabde. “It had become weak and its diet for the last 10 days was restricted to chicken soup. The kidney ailment had also worsened. Its most recent blood test results showed that its serum Creatinine count was 40, while 5-6 is considered normal for tigers. Anand’s death is a big loss, as it was born and bred at SGNP,” he added.
The common lifespan of tigers in captivity is between 14 and 16 years, stated Shailesh Pethe, a veterinarian at SGNP.
At current, SGNP is house to 5 Royal Bengal tigers, together with 4 females and a male.
Sultan, who’s four-and-a-half-years-old and the lone male Royal Bengal tiger, was delivered to SGNP from Gorewada rescue centre in Nagpur final December.
In August 2019, twin Royal Bengal tigresses had been delivered to SGNP from Pench Tiger Reserve in Nagpur.
Park officers christened them as Bijlee and Mastani.
Basanti (18) and Laxmi (10) are the opposite two feminine tigers, who make up the Royal Bengal inhabitants at SGNP.
Basanti had mothered 4 cubs — Yash, Anand, Laxmi and Puja — of whom solely Laxmi is alive.
Earlier, Puja had died in 2018 after a protracted battle with Septicaemia.
“Basanti has become old and infirm. It is suffering from chronic knee and leg pain, which has largely restricted its movement,” stated Barabde.