Second African cheetah dies at Kuno National Park

The team monitoring the cheetahs found Uday sitting lazily with his head bowed in enclosure number 2 during regular inspection on Sunday morning.

| Updated: 24 April, 2023 12:28 pm IST
So far, nine cheetahs have lost their lives in Kuno National Park

New Delhi: A six-year-old male cheetah named Uday, which was brought from South Africa, passed away at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday evening. This is the second cheetah death in just one month.

According to authorities, the team monitoring the cheetahs found Uday sitting lazily with his head bowed in enclosure number 2 during a regular inspection on Sunday morning.

Upon approaching him, Uday got up, staggered, and walked with his neck bent. The team found him ill and immediately notified the wildlife veterinarians who were monitoring the cheetahs in other enclosures.

After assessing the situation, the wildlife veterinarian team decided to hospitalize Uday for treatment. The chief forest officer was informed, and he granted permission to tranquilize the cheetah. Unfortunately, during treatment, Uday became unconscious and breathed his last at around 4 pm.

The cause of the death could be ascertained after a post-mortem report by the team of wildlife doctors, said park authorities.

This is the second cheetah death at Kuno National Park within 30 days. Last month, a female cheetah named Shasha, which was brought from Namibia in September 2022, died due to a kidney-related disease. She was under observation by doctors in the park, and a team of veterinary doctors was called from Bhopal for her treatment, but unfortunately, she did not survive.

Cheetahs are critically endangered and rare animals. They became extinct in India almost 70 years back and the government has taken a massive initiative to relocate them from Africa to India to reintroduce them to the Indian wild.

Eight cheetahs, translocated from Namibia, were released into Kuno National Park by PM Narendra Modi on the occasion of his birthday on September 17.

In February, 12 more cheetahs brought from South Africa were released into Kuno in the second leg of the intercontinental translocation of the felines.

With the deaths of Uday and Shasha, the number of cheetahs in the country has come down to 18.

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