Anand, a 10-year-old male captive Royal Bengal tiger, died on the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Thursday. The tiger, a star attraction of SGNP’s tiger safari, was recognized with a uncommon type of most cancers in early July and was additionally affected by a kidney ailment. SGNP is now dwelling to 5 Royal Bengal tigers – 4 females and a male – one among whom is the 20-year-old Basanti who’s Anand’s mom.
Anand, born and bred in SGNP, died at 5am on Thursday morning. “The post mortem by a team of veterinarians revealed that he died due to cancer-related complications such as progressive cachexia [loss of body condition] and multi organ failure,” mentioned Vijay Barabde, vary forest officer and superintendent of the lion and tiger safari at SGNP.
In July, Anand had been recognized with a uncommon type of malignant most cancers and confirmed signs just like these exhibited by his brother Yash, who died in May 2019 resulting from a mushy tissue muscular tumour often called rhabdomyosarcoma. Barabde mentioned Anand had stopped consuming stable meals 10 days in the past. “He had become weak and his diet for the last 10 days was restricted to chicken soup. The kidney ailment had also worsened. The most recent blood test results showed that his serum creatinine count was 40, while 5-6 is considered normal for tigers. Anand’s death is a big loss,” mentioned Barabde.
SGNP’s senior veterinarian Dr. Shailesh Pethe mentioned, “Anand had been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of malignant cancer. Prima facie it looks like rhabdomyosarcoma, but it is yet to be confirmed. Last year, we had observed similar legions for Yash. Anand’s samples were taken for histopathological examination. Preliminary assessment showed it was cancer, but since it is an extremely rare form, it will take some time to identify the exact subtype.”
Mumbai Veterinary College (MVC) mentioned owing to scarcity of employees as a result of outbreak of Covid-19, it might take not less than 4 to 5 days for the outcomes to return in.
Meanwhile, the tiger’s stays had been consigned to flames after the put up mortem on Thursday.
In June, veterinarians at SGNP had recognized a lump in Anand’s jaw and an uncommon progress on the left aspect of his decrease lip. “Anand’s blood test had revealed he was suffering from a chronic renal disease while a malignant tumour was identified after a biopsy was conducted by MVC authorities,” mentioned Dr. Pethe.
The common lifespan of tigers in captivity is between 14 and 16 years, mentioned Dr. Pethe.
At current, SGNP is dwelling 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 dropped at SGNP from Gorewada rescue centre in Nagpur final December. In August 2019, twin Royal Bengal tigresses had been dropped at SGNP from Pench Tiger Reserve in Nagpur. Park officers christened them Bijlee and Mastani. The different feminine tigers are Laxmi (10) and Basanti (20), who has mothered 4 cubs (Yash, Anand, Laxmi and Puja). “Basanti has become old and infirm. She is suffering from chronic knee and leg pain, which has largely restricted her movement,” mentioned Barabde. Following Anand’s loss of life, Laxmi is the one one surviving of Basanti’s litter.