Mercy killing for ailing tigress suggested

June 18th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, June 18 (IANS) US veterinary experts have suggested euthanasia for Rini, a big cat suffering from cancer at the Van Vihar National park here. Park officials are, however, not in favour of mercy killing and prefer to continue with the chemotherapy treatment that the 18-year-old tigress has been undergoing.

Brought here from the Nandan zoo at the age of four, Rini has been suffering from cancer for almost a decade though the disease was diagnosed in the biopsy of a mole when she was operated upon May 10.

Veterinary doctors Scot Sitino and Josva Dean of the US, who visited the park last month, advised the park officials last week through a mail that euthanasia was the only option for the big cat.

Park director A.K. Bhattacharya confirmed having received the suggestion but said there was little chance they would opt for it.

The officials have sought help from a cancer hospital. They have also consulted the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, and are awaiting its response.

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