Preliminary post-mortem report of the male tiger – ST-16 – that died on Saturday at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district of Rajasthan indicated that the possible cause could be heatstroke, The Times of India reported. A tumour on its leg must have weakened the big cat.
The post-mortem of the tiger was conducted on Sunday by experts from Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India and other local staff.
“The autopsy revealed that the tiger had a tumour on its leg which had reached its bones,” Chief Wildlife Warden Arindam Tomar told The Times of India. “While heatstroke seems to be the cause of death according to the initial reports, the tumour could have also weakened the animal, because of which it was unable to take the heat.”