Safari tiger dies at Bannerghatta

The tiger had completely stopped taking food and was surviving on fluids and other supportive therapy. The blood profile of Guru had shown creatine level as high as 9.0.

However, with treatment, the level was brought down to 5.6. But, of late, the creatine level had increased again. Due to renal failure, the tiger was unable to pass urine. He was provided dextrose to give him energy and to flush out the body waste.

Unlike other animals which died recently, Guru was a safari animal and did not die of old age. M N Jayakumar, additional principal chief conservator of forests and member secretary, Zoo Authority of Karnataka, said the best treatment was given to Guru. "Initial diagnosis did not show any indication of a renal failure. His sibling Brahma is also suffering from renal failure for the past few weeks," he added.

BBP is looking for a wildlife Vet, since there is only one senior Vet with the park. The newly-appointed Vet is a retired officer of the Karnataka Milk Federation and does not have any experience in wildlife medicine. Jayakumar said he would be speaking to the secretary of Central Zoo Authority (CZA) shortly and request them to identify a wildlife Vet, who would be willing to work with BBP.

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