Leopard dies in zoo
Saturday, June 03, 2006 23:23 IST
Tina, one of Veermata Jijabai Udyan’s six leopards, died on Friday night. The 14-year-old leopard was buried on Saturday with zoo officials in attendance.
Assistant superintendent veterinarian Dr MS Karawale, who treated Tina, said the death came suddenly. “She started showing symptoms of paleness towards the evening. We tried to administer medication, but it was too late,” he said. The problem, zoo veterinarians said, was that the leopard developed constriction in the rectum due to which faecal matter stagnated in the intestine.
“Toxic matter collected in the intestine and resulted in her death,” said Dr Karawale.
Animal activists were far from satisfied with the explanation. “It is surprising that the zoo officials did not notice that the leopard was sick earlier?” asked Anuradha Sawhney, chief functionary, PETA-India.
Skin seized: Meanwhile, the arrest of a 45-year-old man, accused of possessing leopard skin by the Kurla police, may lead to a larger gang operating in smuggling the skins of protected animals.
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