four tiger deaths reported in UP inside 45 days as massive cat dies at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

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The officials suspect that it was a natural death, but are waiting for the autopsy report of the big cat (Representative Image). | Photo credit: iStock Images

Key highlights

  • A tigress was found dead in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday afternoon
  • The big cat’s autopsy report will reveal the reason for her death

Bareilly: A tigress was found dead on Tuesday afternoon in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. The 7-year-old tigress was found dead in the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary. The state of Uttar Pradesh lost up to 4 tigers in 45 days.

Three of the tiger deaths were reported by Lakhimpur Kheri. The carcass of the 7-year-old tigress was found in the Chaltua beat. The big cat had injuries to its genitals and was unable to hunt.

Post mortem has yet to be done

Officials suspect it was a natural death but are waiting for the big cat’s autopsy report. The autopsy of the big cat is being performed by a panel of experts from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly.

“It died sometime on Tuesday afternoon”

Sanjay Pathak, DTR field director, said the tigress was spotted by a field worker on Monday, The Times of India reported. He added, “It looked sluggish and lay in the wetland for several hours. Our staff kept an eye on it and we made sure water was available nearby as the big cat is dehydrated. We have been up all night keeping an eye on her movement died sometime on Tuesday afternoon. “

Pathak added that DTR officials briefed the National Tiger Conservation Authority of the tigress’s deteriorating health conditions. He added that the tigress was so weak that it was impossible to use a calming arrow to save her.