20-year-old white tiger Siddharth dies at Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Jun 07, 2015, 06:50 IST | Soni Pal

On the eve of World Environment Day, one of the oldest tigers at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), died of natural causes.

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Siddharth, the white tiger

Even though the 20-year-old white tiger, Siddharth, died on Thursday, the news came out only yesterday. Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar, veterinary doctor from SGNP, said, “Siddharth, one of the oldest white tigers from SGNP, died on Thursday evening at around 6 pm.

Siddharth was one of the oldest white tigers of SGNP
Siddharth was one of the oldest white tigers of SGNP

The animal died of age-related factors.

We are awaiting the post-mortem reports to know the exact reason for the death of the white tiger.”

The white tiger was cremated after completing all the formalities. Siddharth had been brought to SGNP from Aurangabad zoo.

According to park authorities, now there are only two white tigers and five Royal Bengal tigers left in the park.

A white tigress, Rebecca, is undergoing treatment for cancer.

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“Rebecca, the white tigress, undergoing treatment for cancer, is responding well. She is recovering from her illness and is also eating food on time.

Until now, she has undergone three chemotherapy sessions and after two weeks one more session will be done,” said Dr Pinjarkar, who is treating Rebecca.

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