Day after vaccination, two white tigers die in city zoo

Day after vaccination, two white tigers die in city zoo
Three-yr-olds Sourav and Dia were fine yesterday; another vaccinated tiger critical; zoo officials are waiting for the postmortem report
Express News Service

Chandigargh, September 20: The Chatbir Zoo lost its two white tigers this morning within a span of few hours. The tigers had been vaccinated last evening, said sources in the zoo. One more tiger, which had been vaccinated yesterday, is in a critical condition.

The male, Sourav, was found dead when the cage was opened in the morning. The female, Dia, died at 10.30 am, said the zoo officials. Both tigers were around 3 years old.

When contacted, Dharmender Sharma, the zoo’s Field Director, said: “Preliminary reports of the post mortem do not say anything about wrong vaccination. We can only confirm the cause of the death when the detailed reports come in.”

A team of veterinary doctors had been summoned from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, to conduct the postmortem. They were assisted by vets from the zoo. The samples have been sent to the PAU and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Utter Pradesh.

The cage attendants said the tigers were fine till yesterday night. Though Sourav was a little sluggish and ate only a few pieces of meat, Dia ate well.

In the morning, Sourav was found dead. Sources said his urine had blood in it. Soon after, Dia died too.

Sourav and Dia were big draws at the zoo due to their white colour. Dia was born here on 30 May 2003. Sourav was brought from Aurangabad last year.

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