Tiger ‘Nandan’ of Nandankanan Zoo dies due to prolonged illness

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 11, 2024 IST

Bhubaneswar, May 11: A 17-year-old tiger named Nandan passed away due to prolonged illness at the Nandankanan Zoological Park in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar on Friday. 

According to a zoo official, Nandan, a Royal Bengal Tiger at Odisha’s Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP), faced difficulty in walking properly due to arthritis in his waist. Nandan had been receiving treatment at the veterinary hospital within the zoo premises under the supervision of Prof Indramani Nath, the Head of the Department of Surgery & Radiology at OUAT.

Worth noting, the male tiger had initially entered the zoo in 2013 after presumably straying from a nearby forest area in search of a mate. Nandan had successfully mated with tigress Megha, producing two cubs in 2016 and an additional three cubs in 2021 at the zoo.

Another 14 year old white tigress Sneha, who was undergoing treatment due to her illness also died in April. According to the information, the tigress fell ill due to heat wave and she was given saline and medicines. However, she succumbed to her illness. Sneha, born to the Royal Bengal tiger Nishan and the white tigress Kusum on March 1, 2010, became the proud mother of eight tiger cubs at the zoo. 

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