A 21-year-old white Royal Bengal tiger has passed away at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad. Zoo authorities said that the tiger, named Vinay, was born at the zoo on January 29, 1998, to tigers Murugan and Karuna, and died at 10:45 pm on August 5, due to complications arising out of old age.
"The animal was kept in the off-display facility since the past 5 years due to old age. It was under intensive care at Summer House. The veterinary team of zoo veterinary hospital and expert DM Navin Kumar had treated the tiger and have opined that it died of old age complications," a press note from the zoo stated.
The post-mortem report stated that the animal died from senility-induced asphyxia.
"Samples were collected and sent to Veterinary Biological and Research Institute (VBRI), Shantinagar, Hyderabad and Veterinary College, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad for detailed investigation," the press note added.
In October last year, a 19-year-old male Asiatic lion at Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park had died under similar conditions due to old age complications. Officials at the zoo said that Atul had been struggling due to his deteriorating health and was unable to walk. Born at the zoo itself in 1999, Atul had been under the observation of zoo veterinarians for the one week before his death and was being monitored closely, as he stopped having his feed. A team of veterinary experts who performed the post-mortem said that the cause of death was senility and old age.
In February 2017, Nikhil, one of the most iconic Royal Bengal Tigers at the zoo, passed away. Nikhil was born in October 1999, and the 18-year-old tiger had been suffering from broncho-pneumonia for two months ahead of his demise. Nikhil was the twin brother of tigress Sakhi, who was ruthlessly murdered and skinned when she was only 13-months-old by poachers who sneaked inside the zoo park. The incident which had occurred in 2000, sent shockwaves across the city.