Bison calf ‘Gouri’ dies at Nandankanan zoo

Bhubaneswar: Death struck the Nandankanan Zoological Park for the second successive day with a bison calf ‘Gouri’ dying this morning.

Born on June 18, 2015, Gouri was under treatment for tympany related gastritis under the supervision of a health committee, zoo officials said. It had difficulties in urination and its urinary bladder had been operated upon by a team of experts from veterinary college on June 28, they said.

Post-surgery, Gouri’s health condition was being monitored round-the-clock. The death came at 4.45 am today.

The exact reason for the death will be clear after post mortem, zoo officials said.

After the death of Gouri, there are now just two bisons left – one male and one female, they said.

Notably, Sushama, the oldest female tiger at the Nandankanan zoo, had died yesterday due to old age-related ailments. Born of Debashish and Yamuna on December 29, 1995, Sushama was undergoing treatment since last three years.

After Sushama’s death, there are now 21 tigers left in Nandankanan – 15 normal colour tigers (NCT) and six white tigers.