Cheetah cub dies in Mysore zoo

Cheetah cub dies in Mysore zoo

The Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens has suffered another setback in the breeding of African hunting cheetahs as a 15-month-old female cheetah cub died early on Monday morning.

This is the third cheetah to die in less than a month. Sources at the zoo said that the yet-to-be-named female cub was trying to climb a tree in the new enclosure when it fell and injured its right hind leg.

Animal keepers found the cheetah limping on Saturday but did not see any external injuries.

The cheetah, however, did not consume food that day. Officials later noticed a swelling on the right thigh area.

Oral medications were administered to the cheetah on Sunday, but the animal’s condition did not improve.

Zoo veterinarian Dr Suresh Kumar said the cheetah had suffered severe contractions of muscle fibres leading to internal bleeding and death.

He said reports were being shared with authorities of the South African zoo to ascertain more details.

Zoo executive director B P Ravi said that the reason for the cheetah’s death would only be known after a post mortem was conducted.

This is the third cheetah to die in less than a month. The first one — Maya — had died on June 12 of pancreatic carcinoma.

According to Ravi, animals affected by pancreatic carcinoma could die within seven days. “There is no medical cure for pancreatic carcinoma,” he added.

The second fatality was Maya’s cub, which passed away on June 26 because of the growth of a dual intestine, known as intususption. The Mysore zoo is now left with two adult males, one female and six cubs.

The cheetah which died on Monday  was one of the three born to Brunda on April 27, 2011.

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