MYSORE: Here is sad news to animal lovers.
An African hunting cheetah which was brought from Leipzig zoo, German, has suddenly died, at Mysore Zoo on Saturday. This is eight hunting cheetah including six cubs to die at Mysore zoo in the last nine months and second adult cheetah after Maya’s death.
Presently, zoo has four cheetahs – two adults Brinda and Arjuna and Brinda’s two 21-month-old cubs.
Mysore zoo executive director B P Ravi told STOI: seven-and-half year old Tejas died at Mysore zoo around 3 pm. He said exact cause of death will be known after the postmortem report. Ravi however said the big cat was not well since few days but didn’t disclose details of its health or treatment. The executive director claimed he will disclose details after PM reports but said cheetah in captivity will live for 10 years. Tejas has lived more than 7 years.
Mysore zoo got four African hunting cheetahs from Germany in March 2011 and a month later Brinda gave birth to three cubs. A Exactly, a year later, another Cheetah Maya gave birth to five cubs in March 29 but the happiness didn’t last long as within few months, a cub died and then Maya and later its cubs succumbed to a rare disorder Wallerian degeneration. Also Brinda’s cub died on June 18.
Zoo officials however claim the health of remaining four Cheetahs is good.