White tiger Subhranshu

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India – Orissa Post

White tiger Subhranshu falls sick at Nandankanan Zoological Park.

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White tiger Subhranshu has fallen sick at the Nandankanan zoo once again. It has stopped its food intake and is under treatment in its feeding chamber, a source in the zoo said.

The rare animal continued to lay at one place Saturday leaving the zoo authorities in a fix.

It may be mentioned here that Subhranshu has not been keeping well since last couple of days. It was first found to be unwell September 22 and subsequently suffered from diarrhea.

Commentary

The breeding of white tigers always leads to health problems of the produced tigers.

The reason why zoos breed white tigers is because of money reasons. There is no conservation at stake and it has nothing to do with education while the animals involved are having a painful life.

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Sahebrao

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United Kingdom – The Telegraph

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A tiger maimed by a poacher’s trap is to be given a prosthetic paw, in a world first operation aided by a UK surgeon.

Prof Peter Giannoudis from University of Leeds earlier this week helped Indian experts carry out a preliminary operation on the seven-year-old big cat. The tiger called Sahebrao will be fitted with a artificial paw in around four weeks, in the first operation of its kind.

Sahebrao was rescued from a poacher’s trap in Gondmohadi village in Chandrapur district in 2012. His wound later developed gangrene, and a part of his injured front left leg had to be amputated.

Commentary

Sahebrao is a tiger that got gangrene because of a poacher’s trap. He lost his front left paw because of it.

Due to the incredible work of Sushrut Babhulkar, a Nagpur-based orthopaedic surgeon, whose mission it was to make sure Sahebrao would get a new paw, the impossible will now be realized.

A UK-doctor, Peter Giannoudis from University of Leeds, did a first preliminary operation so the prosthetic paw will fit.

Within 4 weeks the prosthetic paw will be placed on the leg of Sahebrao, so he can walk again!

We’ll keep you updated!

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Subhranshu tiger
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India – Hindustan Times
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8 Animals Die In Two Zoos Because Of Virus Infection.

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Two separate viruses have killed eight animals—four each of big cats and elephants—in two zoos in Rajasthan and Odisha in the past one week.

A white tigress, fondly known as Sita, died at Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Biological Park on Thursday morning due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), third death because of CDV in the last one week.

In Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, a tigress suspected to have died because of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, which has claimed lives of three elephants in the last one month.

Commentary

More and more tigers die in Indian zoos. Now two tigers have died in different zoos because of multiple viruses, next to six other animals.

A senior Rajasthan forest official on condition of anonymity said, “It is a serious concern, as earlier, this virus was seen affecting lions. But, now tigers have also got infected.”

This sloppiness is unforgiveable, as anyone knows you have to contain viruses.

It raises another question: are people safe from these viruses when they visit zoos?

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Longleat tiger

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United Kingdom – Somerset Live

Tributes Paid To Siberian Tiger After It Dies At Longleat.

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A South West safari park is mourning the death of its second Siberian tiger this year.

Soundari, the oldest tigress at Longleat, died aged 13 after a long fight with cancer.

A spokesman for the park said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our oldest female tiger, Soundari, who has passed away following a long battle with cancer.

Commentary

Another zoo tiger dies of cancer. This time it is Soundari, an 11 year old Siberian tigress.

It is amazing how many zoo tigers die of cancer recently.

Could it be that the nutrition is zoos is just poor? Or that DNA of tigers prevents them to stay live a long and unhappy life?

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Ranthambore tiger

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India – National Herald

India’s Tigers, Lions, Leopards Face A New Deadly Threat.

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2967 is the number which we all started celebrating. India had done well, it seemed, in its conservation efforts with these many tigers in the wild. But with regular decline in habitat, prey base and increase in poaching, do we really think that their survival is still not threatened?

Along with these threats, another increasing threat is being ignored by all which has reached an alarming level now. If we don’t act on the massive threat to wildlife that is posed by the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) which is easily transmitted through infected dogs in and around the sanctuaries and also the feral dog gangs, it may be too late.

 
 

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CDV means Canine Distemper Virus – a dog virus that can be lethal to tigers as well.

A recent study published in Threatened Taxa notes that 86% of the tested dogs around the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan carried CDV antibodies in their bloodstream. This means that the dogs are either currently infected or have been infected sometime in their life and have overcome the disease.

However, the chance that they infect a tiger after a tiger ate the dog is real.

The advice from the author is to sterilize or vaccinate all stray dogs around Ranthambore National Park.

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Inbreeding tigers

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India – New Indian Express

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The recently released tiger census data brought much cheer due to the reported rise in population of tigers in the country. However, a serious threat to the survival of Indian tigers looms large because of inbreeding, caused due to lack of contiguous stretch of forests and destruction of tiger corridors.
 

A consortium of researchers including from the Stanford University, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru and Hyderabad-based Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) conducted a first-of-its-kind genetic study on the Bengal, Malayan, Amur and Sumatran tigers.

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Certain areas in India have tigers with higher than normal ROH-values, homozygosity (ROH) indicating inbreeding.

Tiger populations in tiger reserves become more and more isolated in their habitats without much scope to move out and mate with tigers because of the destruction of essential tiger corridors.

Inbreeding among tigers is dangerous, as it is among humans. It can seriously impact the health of tigers.

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Zoo tiger dies of cancer

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India – The Hitavada

‘Satpura’ Dies Of Cancer At Maitri Bagh.

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A male royal Bengal tiger named Satpura breathed its last in the Bhilai Maitri Bagh zoo on Tuesday, after suffering with abdomen tumour, resulted in cancer for more than last eighteen months.

It needs a mention here that in year 2004, pair of Bengal tigers, Laxmi and Ganesh gave birth to male tiger, Satura at Maitri Bagh zoo, managed by Horticulture Department of Bhilai Steel Plant.

According to the information that as the tumours in Satpura’s body was discovered, the medical experts and veterinary experts have undertaken Satpura for treatment under the supervision of AGM (Horticulture) Dr G K Dubey.

Commentary

Yet another tiger from a zoo that dies of cancer.

The rate of zoo tigers dying of cancer calls for a serious investigation by the Zoo Authority of India (ZAI) into the causes.

tiger with cancer

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Cambodia – Khmer Times

Endangered Tiger Found Dead In Tamao Zoo.

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An endangered male Indochinese tiger, rescued as a cub from a poacher in 1998, was found dead in Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary in Takeo province on Wednesday.

Sanctuary director Nhek Ratanapich yesterday said the 21-year-old tiger named Jasper was found dead in an enclosure where it was undergoing treatment for pus in the nose and mouth and also a protruding nose bone.

“Jasper was weak and had not been eating properly for several days,” he said. “It used to eat up to six kilograms of meat and a kilogram of bone daily.”

Mr Ratanapich said that Jasper had been under treatment for three days after a veterinarian suspected that it may have been suffering from bone cancer in the mouth, coupled with old age.

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21 years ago a cub was rescued from a poacher and brought to a zoo in Cambodia.

During his life Jasper was cared for by the Born Free Foundation and died because of bone cancer at the age of 21.

Badri White Tiger

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India – The Hans India

White Tiger Dies Of Tumour At Zoo.

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A 14-year-old white tiger named Badri born in Tirupati Zoo died in Nehru Zoological Park while undergoing treatment for a tumour.

The zoo authorities informed that it was undergoing treatment for inflammation on the right side of the sub-mandibular region, below ear for last one month, and also for swelling of the cheek below the ear on account of suspected tumor.

Commentary

Within two weeks a second white tiger dies in the same zoo, the Tirupati Zoo died in Nehru Zoological Park in India.

It is said that a tumour was the cause. A post-mortem will show the official cause of death.

CDV tiger

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India – One India

Is Canine Distemper A Lurking Threat To The Big Cats?

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Tiger population made a significant growth in India. Their number stood at 2,967 at last count in 2018, a 33 per cent jump from 2,226 in 2014, according to the tiger census released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, shrinking habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues to be a threat to the big cat’s survival. Along with these, a recent study has found that a potential virus Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) affected dogs living in and around wildlife sanctuaries has raised concern.

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Canine Distemper Virus is a viral disease, a fatal disease that is usually found in dogs but is also carried by other small mammals

Now tigers have to fight for habitat they kill and eat more dogs, making it a bigger threat for wiping out entire tiger populations.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve tiger

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India – The Hindu

Tigers In India Face Lurking Threat From Virus.

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The Prime Minister’s announcement that tiger numbers have increased in the country may be good news. But the loss of habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues to be a threat to tigers’ survival. Along with these, a potential virus — Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) — that can be transmitted from CDV-infected dogs living in and around wildlife sanctuaries has started to raise concern among wildlife biologists.

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CDV is a disease that can create serious problems for tigers, although scientists are still not sure how contagious the disease is for tigers.

Nevertheless, history shows that CDV has to be taken serious.

Daily Star tiger

Research estimates there are fewer than 4,000 of the big cats left in the wild. A century ago there were around 80,000.

The crisis is blamed on poachers and trophy hunters. Economic development is also a major factor in their decline because it ruins their habitat.

Campaigner Martin Hughes-Games has been studying the tiger count in India, which accounts for 60% of those left.

He said: “India is a country that’s industrialising incredibly fast. There are roads and railway lines and industries everywhere you look.

Dead Malayan tiger

The Malayan tiger captured in a village in Dungun, Terengganu after it was spotted strolling casually has died from the canine distemper virus, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said today.

In a statement, the department said the tiger, named Awang Besul, sported injuries to its legs and an eye infection. It was also dehydrated when it was captured.

The Malayan Tiger was transferred to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, for intensive treatment from Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and was quarantined.

“Observations at the NWRC between July 20 to July 23 show neurological symptoms. It was not aggressive, walking in circles, experienced seizures and had nasal discharge.

“After various efforts to treat and save Awang Besul, we are saddened to inform that at 5.30am, Awang Besul was confirmed dead at the NWRC by Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and a post-mortem would be conducted soon,” said Perhilitan.

Roving tiger

‘Awang Besul’, the roving tiger caught on Friday by wildlife officers probably had Canine Distemper, the director-general of wildlife, Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, said today.

He said this conclusion was based on preliminary observations by the department’s wild animal specialists and the Terengganu Veterinary Services Department which also took part in the operation to catch the animal which was found wandering in Kampung Besul Lama, Bukit Besi in Dungun,

He said canine distemper was a disease stemming from a virus which normally attacked domestic animals such as cats and dogs and there were also other cases involving wild animals such as tigers, wolves and foxes.

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