The death of animals in captivity inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) does not seem to be ending with tigress Puja dying on Wednesday evening following a brief illness.
The exact reason for the four-year-and-three-month-old tigress' death is yet to be known but doctors treating her suspect that she may have died due to leukemia. The exact reason will be known only after the post-mortem.
Speaking to mid-day, SGNP veterinarian Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar said, “Puja died on Wednesday evening at around 4.45 pm after long illness. The tigress had stopped eating for the last two days and she died because of septicemia and this may be due to due to auto immune disease or leukemia.. However exact cause of death will be known only after the PM is done.”
It should be noted since November puja suffering from skin problem mainly on tail, abdominal area and on buttocks. At the time of death also she had many wonds on her body with puss formation.
Puja was born on November 27, 2011, at SGNP to tigress Basanti and tiger Palash. The four years and three month old tigress has been ill since September last year.
The technical advisory committees appointed by SGNP, which includes doctors from Bombay Veterinary College, SGNP Veterinary Doctor, Ex-Bombay Veterinary college doctors, had been visiting Puja on regular basis. It should be noted that Puja’s blood sample was sent to Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) and other places for testing.
In order to treat her wounds she was also given laser treatment but it didn't help. Doctors treating her told this newspaper that Puja's WBC count was also increasing led them to believe that leukemia could be the culprit.