Tigress ‘Priyanka’ dies at Odisha zoo

Bhubaneswar: A pal of gloom descended over Nanadankanan Zoological Park (NZP) after tigress ‘Priyanka’ died here this morning.

The 19-year-old tigress was suffering from age related ailments for past two years. She breathed last on premises of the wildlife habitat.

She was undergoing treatment in past two years. Recently, she had left consuming food. Her condition deteriorated last night and she breathed her last at 10.30 am, the NZP stated.

The cause of death will be ascertained following post mortem.

With her death, the number of tigers declined to 26 at the zoo. Currently, there are 5 Indian tigers and 8 tigresses at Nandankanan. Besides, 4 white tigers, 5 white tigresses and 4 melanistic tigers continue to drag attention of visitors at the zoo.

The death of tigress ‘Priyanka’ can be assumed to be a loss for the state that registered tiger population stagnant at 28 in the recent survey conducted by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

Earlier, a Royal Bengal tiger ‘Roshan’ had died on Feb 20 this year.

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