Ailing Beauty: Sanjay Gandhi National Park's tigress takes ill

A young tigress is reportedly unwell at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which has seen five big cat deaths since October

The year 2014 has not been kind to Sanjay Gandhi National Park or its inmates, with several big cat deaths being recorded, especially in the past three months.

Beauty was brought to SGNP from Nagpur in the hope that she would help draw more visitors to the park
Beauty was brought to SGNP from Nagpur in the hope that she would help draw more visitors to the park

Things don’t seem to be getting any better either, with a young tigress in the park now reportedly feeling unwell. Beauty, a one-and-a-half-year-old tigress, was brought to SGNP earlier this month, in the hope that she would help draw more visitors for the park’s tiger and lion safari programmes.

However, she is currently facing digestion issues and is eating far less than a tiger her age ought to, sources told this newspaper. Officials are taking this very seriously as Poman, a leopard at the park, had died just a week ago after she had stopped having her meals.

The fourth leopard and the fifth big cat in the park to pass away since October, Poman’s death was attributed to a bacterial infection. Park officials said that Beauty’s condition is not as grave, however, and that
she is probably just finding adjusting to her new environs a little difficult.

“She is suffering from digestion problems, but there is nothing to worry about. The climate in Nagpur, where Beauty was, and that of Mumbai is different and the sudden change may be the reason why she is unwell,” said an official, requesting anonymity. Chief conservator of forest and field director of SGNP, Vikas Gupta was unavailable for comment despite several attempts.

About Beauty
>> She was hit by a moving train in 2013
>> She lost her cubs in the mishap
>> Her hind limb was fractured in five places
>> Doctors placed a steel rod in her leg
>> She was named after ex-CM Prithviraj Chavan’s wife, Satvasheela (beautiful)
>> Satvasheela was known to visit Beauty while she was recovering from the accident

Did you know?
Since October, four leopards and a lioness have died at SGNP. Their deaths were attributed to old age.

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