White Tiger ‘Subhranshu’ dies at Nandankanan Zoo

Bhubaneswar: The Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) lost another inmate with the death of a white Tiger ‘Subhranshu’ on Tuesday morning.

According to Nandankanan deputy director Jayant Kumar Das, Subhranshu died at 10.15 AM today. The tiger was suffering from liver-related ailments for the last one month.

Das said the white tiger suddenly collapsed on Saturday and had stopped eating food. The tiger was kept under the supervision of experts from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology(OUAT).

With the death of the white tiger, population of tigers at Nandankanan plummeted to 25. At present the zoo has 12 male and 13 female tigers.

The white tiger was born to Manish and Sneha at the Nandankanan on July 28, 2014.

As per the preliminary post mortem findings, the tiger Subhranshu died due to haemmoragic enteritis, hepatitis, jaundice and ascites  suspected for tick borne protozoan disease. Samples (necropsy) collected from dead body parts for molecular confirmation and hist-pathological examination.

Meanwhile, the Nandankanan Zoo authorities have decided to undertake several steps after the death of the tiger in tick borne blood protozoan disease. The authorities have decided to clean up surroundings of carnivore enclosures up to 10 ft from the boundary wall and spraying of acaricide and intensifying anti-tick measures. Besides, steps will be taken to explore possibility of vaccinating the canines and felines against blood protozoan disease, using vaccines available outside India, if any, the Zoo authorities said in a statement.

Recently, the zoo made headlines for series death of elephants after being affected by Herpes Virus, prompting the authorities to seek assistance from experts of Assam and Kerala.