Cancer-stricken white tigress gets cake, chicken on birthday

August 27th, 2008 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Aug 27 (IANS) She is white, suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. But that did not hinder her celebrating her birthday in style - with the traditional cake and a dressed chicken.The birthday of white tigress, Rini, was celebrated at the Vanvihar national park here Tuesday with Forest Minister Kunwar Ali Shah offering her the birthday cake.

“The object of celebrating her birthday is to create a sense of belonging among people for wild animals,” said Shah.

It was the 18th birthday of Rini - undergoing treatment for cancer for over a year.

She was born Aug 26, 1990 in Nandan Kanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar. At the age of four, she was bought for Rs.500,000 March 2, 1995 and shifted to Vanvihar national park, Bhopal.

Special prayers were conducted for her speedy recovery and those present hoped that she would recover soon as she was responding well to chemotherapy.

“There is slight improvement in her condition now. We are hopeful that she will recover soon,” said Atul Gupta, veterinarian at the Vanvihar national park.

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