Another tigress dies at Bhopal national park

March 15th, 2008 - 1:39 am ICT by admin  


Bhopal, March 14 (IANS) A three-year-old white tigress died Friday evening at the Van Vihar National Park here, taking to 14 the number of big cats that have died at the reserve over the past one and a half years. Taking serious note of the tiger deaths, state Forests Minister Vijay Shah has removed national park director J.S. Chouhan and instituted a three-member committee to probe the death of the tigress, called Rashmi.

She had suffered an injury six days ago after a fight with another white tigress, when both accidentally were put into one enclosure.

“Brought to the park in 2006 from Borivali National Park, Mumbai, Rashmi was suffering from chronic septic arthritis,” a park official said.

“The tigress might have died of shock following the scuffle with another tigress,” said A.K. Khare, assistant director of the park.

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