Badri White Tiger

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India – The Hans India

White Tiger Dies Of Tumour At Zoo.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.

Tamari Buffalo zoo tiger

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