In the first case of a captive animal death in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) this year, a tigress died on Wednesday evening. Four-year-old tigress Puja’s death takes the death toll of animal at the Borivali national park to six in the last four months.
Since October, four leopards and a lioness have died at the national park.
Puja, who was suffering from injuries at the base of the tail and undergoing treatment for leukemia for four months, died around 4.45 pm Wednesday.” She was first injured but slowly after multiple injuries, her WBC count started going up, which led us to suspect leukemia or an autoimmune disease,” said Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar, SGNP vet, who added that the exact cause of death will be revealed in the post mortem.
A technical advisory committees appointed by SGNP, which includes doctors from Bombay Veterinary College, had been treating Puja and her blood had also been sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) to find the cause of death.
Puja, who was born to tiger Palash and tigress Basanti at SGNP on November 27, 2011, died Wednesday, leaving only eight tigers behind, five regular and three white tigers.
In December, 14-year-old leopard Poman died at the park, and in November, the national park lost 13-year-old leopard Nethra and 18-year-old leopard Daksha, while in October, 15-year-old leopard, Raja, succumbed to his old age. Besides leopards, the SGNP also lost a lioness in October.
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