Early Tuesday morning, a seven-year-old chinkara — one of three at the National Zoological Park — died “in its sleep after a cardiac arrest”. Over the weekend, the female chinkara had delivered a dead baby in the zoo’s sick room, a senior zoo official said. “The chinkara was severely impacted by the delivery and died at 3.15 am,” said Delhi zoo curator Riaz Khan.
“The chinkara had completed the full term of its pregnancy and with great struggle was brought to the sick room. The presentation of the foetus was not right. Instead of the hands and head coming out first, the baby’s tail and rectum were out first. It was born dead since both the mother and the baby struggled,” said a senior zoo official.
After the delivery, the chinkara was kept under observation “with a forest ranger and a caretaker sleeping in its enclosure”, said a zoo official.
“It survived for two days after treatment was provided and then died in its sleep at 3.15 am on Tuesday of a heart attack and biological shock,” said a zoo official. The Delhi zoo was home to three chinkaras — two males and one female.
The female chinkara was brought to the zoo as part of an exchange programme from Nandankanan Zoological Park in Odisha in 2015.
The lifespan of a chinkara is 12-15 years.