February 23rd, 2008 – 12:47 am ICT by admin
Bhopal, Feb 22 (IANS) A tiger succumbed to bullet injuries from
poachers at the Van Vihar National Park here Friday evening after
veterinarians failed in their desperate attempts to rescue it. The
animal, caught from the Uchehra forest area in Satna district last
week, was brought in a critical condition to Bhopal Monday by
officials of the Panna Tiger Reserve.
The big cat had serious bullet injuries that paralysed its back.
Veterinary experts from Jabalpur were called to treat the seven-foot-
long tiger, which looked extremely strong.
“This type of physique is a rare feature in the tigers of the state,”
said J.S. Chauhan, director of Van Vihar.
“There were two bullet wounds, one at the shoulder and another in the
leg. The second one was so deep that physicians couldn’t reach it. So
we decided to call experts from the Veterinary College, Jabalpur, and
they did their best to save the animal,” he said.
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