Angul/Bhubaneswar: The forest department today revealed that multiple organ failure and severe infection might lead to the death of royal Bengal tiger called ‘Mahaveer’ in Satkoisa tiger reserve.
Explaining details of the post-mortem report, Satkosia field director Sudarshan Panda said the royal cat had preyed on a porcupine and a bore as eight to ten porcupine quills and hair of bore were found from the abdomen of the tiger during post-mortem.
Days before its death, the animal had haunted the porcupine which created wounds in the throat. These wounds got infected leading to damage of other organs of the tiger.
The Royal Bengal Tiger which was one of the first to be translocated in the country earlier this year, from the Kanha Tiger Reserve found dead in Satkosia. The carcass had a deep laceration wound, infected with five-day-old maggots, in the dorsal neck region of the big cat that was initially suspected to be cause of death.
The death of the tiger put the tiger translocation project into uncertainty after National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) halted the project temporarily.