Tiger dies in Rajshahi zoo

Tiger dies in Rajshahi zoo

Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi
Sunday, November 30, 2008 11:44 AM GMT+06:00

The lone Royal Bengal Tiger of Rajshahi Central Zoo Samrat died in his cage yesterday.

Refuting allegations of poor care, zoo officials said the 17-year-old tiger died of old age related diseases.

Samrat was weak during last three days and the tiger reduced its daily meal of 12kg meat, said zoo veterinary surgeon M Forhad Uddin. “Captive tigers usually live less than 20 years, the average lifespan of tigers in the wild,” he said.

Samrat was living without a companion since June, 1997, when he was brought to the zoo.

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