New Delhi, March 24(IANS) - It was a warm, sunny Tuesday morning in the national…
Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai: One of the eldest male Royal Bengal tigers at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP),
13-year-old Palash died Tuesday morning, said veterinarians.
The tiger’s body was burned at the park’s crematorium on Tuesday by forest officers after conducting a post mortem.
HT had reported on Tuesday that the tiger had a fit on Monday after it was unable to urinate owing to its condition. SGNP veterinarians had detected a renal failure — a condition in which the kidneys lose the ability to remove waste and balance fluids — for the tiger last Wednesday.
“After trying our best to save him, Palash died at 3.15 am on Tuesday. He had not been eating for the past four days,” said Dr Shailesh Pethe, veterinarian, SGNP. “His serum creatinine levels had shot up and he died due to excessive weakness.”
Pethe added that a post-mortem was conducted on Tuesday and the exact cause of death would be inferred from the results that are expected in a couple of days.
He said that animals with high protein diet such as tigers are prone to renal issues and most carnivores are susceptible to renal issues at old age. The lifespan of tigers in captivity is between 14 and 16 years. “We had experts from Bombay Veterinary College visiting SGNP and his treatment was underway. The tiger had been put on saline but there were minimal chances that he would survive,” said Pethe.
Forest officers said that Palash was responsible for 80% of the tiger population in SGNP as the remaining tigers are his progeny. “We were extremely nervous over the past week due to his health. It is a great loss for SGNP as he was greatly loved by all our staff,” said Shailesh Deore, range forest officer, SGNP.
Forest officials added the health issues were detected from a blood report earlier last week that identified the renal failure.