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Mysore, June 20 (BRS)- Rajan, the white tiger in Mysore Zoo, died yesterday evening, after ailing for a long time.



Although the 14-year-old tiger had recovered after surgical treatment two years ago, it had lost control over his legs for the past six months. It had bitten its own legs on several occasions causing injuries and had been given medical treatment by the veterinarians in the Zoo itself. Dr. Nanjappa, Assistant Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, had been attending to the healthcare of the tiger. However, it breathed its last at 6.05 pm yesterday.



Manoj Kumar, Zoo Executive Director, disclosed that the ailing tiger had stopped eating food for three days prior to its death.



The white tiger Rajan, born in the year 1993, had been brought to Mysore Zoo from Nandan Kanan Zoo, Bhubaneshwar, in Orissa in 1996. There were 10 tigers in the Mysore Zoo, including three white tigers. With the death of Rajan, the Mysore Zoo now has two white tigers and seven brown ones.



The life-span of tigers is 22 to 25 years. While they usually survive for 16 years in the forests, there are possibilities of tigers living between 18 to 20 years in captivity, according to Manoj Kumar.



Doctors attending on Rajan were observing its health in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for the past one week because of adverse reactions to antibiotics administered to the tiger.



A report with comprehensive data on the health of Rajan had been submitted to the government by the doctors, Manoj Kumar added.



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