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Lion death in Nahargarh Biological Park raises questions


The Nahargarh Biological Park, which is a part of Jaipur’s Nahargarh sanctuary, is proving to be a dangerous place for rescued wild animals. In the past few months, at least seven deaths of lions and tigers have been reported from the park, raising questions about the way the rescued wild animals are kept there.

Notably, the Nahargarh Biological Park is a rescue park where a large number of wild animals rescued from circuses and individuals are kept.

Lion death on October 18

On Sunday, a four-year-old lion—Kailash—died in the park after being fed on Saturday evening. The death of the Asiatic lion under mysterious circumstances raised the eyebrows of wildlife activists. The veterinary report said that the Asiatic lion died of cardiac arrest.

The lion was brought to the park’s veterinary hospital after it started vomiting. The lion was brought to the park from Jodhpur zoo under an exchange programme. After its death, the viscera of the lion were sent for investigation to the Indian Veterinary Institute at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. The viscera report would only reveal the real cause of death. A three-member committee of the vets reported that the lion died of cardiac arrest.

Vets rule out bacterial infection

In the past, three big cats died of a bacterial infection called leptospirosis, but the vets were of the opinion that Kailash did not die of bacterial infection.

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In September 2019 and in August this year, two surviving white tigers died in the park and now there is no white tiger left in the biological park.

At present, there are 10 big cats, including three tigers, five leopards and two Asiatic lions. The Asiatic lions were brought from Gir forest in Gujarat.

Regular check-up of animals done, claim officials

According to park officials, the blood tests of various animals are taken for examination on a regular basis. In some cases, the animals were found to be suffering from the disease of kidneys and their creatine level was found to be 3.5 to four. But, enough care was not taken by the vets to administer medicines to the animals to cure them. It is suspected that the dead lion, Kailash, also suffered from kidney disease.

The bacteria leptospirosis is caused by the urine of rats and mongoose, but the park officials have not taken any precautions to get rid of the rats and mongoose.

In the past 13 months, two white tigers and a lion died of the dreaded leptospirosis. Another white tiger and a common tiger and a lioness died of canine distemper.


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