Hyderabad: Kadamba, an 11-year-old Royal Bengal tiger died of congestive heart failure on 4 July at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad. Kadamba was brought to the zoo from Pilukula Biological Park in Mangalore, Karnataka, on 6 March 2014 in an animal exchange programme.
Kadamba did not show any apparent signs of illness but was reportedly not eating frequently for the past few days. Veterinarians at the zoo had kept the animal under observation. The post-mortem report revealed it had died of shock due to congestive heart failure.
Blood and tissue samples were collected and sent to the College of Veterinary Science in Rajendranager, Veterinary Biological Research Institute (VBRI) in Shantinagar, and LaCONES-CCMB in Attapur for further detailed examination.
The Nehru Zoological Park now has 11 Royal Bengal tigers (yellow) – eight adults and three cubs- and nine Royal Bengal tigers (white). Of these, three yellow Royal Bengal tigers – Roja (21), Soni (20), and Aparna (19) – have already lived past their average lifespan.
Kadamba’s post-mortem was conducted by a veterinary expert team headed by Prof. Laxman, the head of the department of pathology at the College of Veterinary Science, and Dr Devender, the assistant director of VBRI.