A 13-year-old female leopard — a major attraction among children — died of lung infection at the National Zoological Park on Wednesday.
The leopard (scientific name: Panthera pardus) is listed in the schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Now, two female and one male leopard are left at the Delhi zoo.
The deceased cat was not keeping well, and was being treated by the zoo veterinarian on and off for the last three months. In the last 10 days, it had also stopped eating.
“The leopard had some problem in the lung cavity,” sources said. The zoo administration is still planning on doing further tests to determine whether the lung infection was tuberculosis.