The condition of tiger T-24, popularly known as Ustad, continues to be critical even as a five-member team of veterinarians reached Udaipur and started his treatment, conducting a sonography and x-ray on Friday.
Ustad was shifted from the Ranthambhore National Park to captivity at the Sajjangarh Biological Park in May. The tiger, considered the largest big cat in Ranthambhore, has a history of constipation and was given medication at the park. However, he has been suffering from intestinal blockage leading to severe constipation for the last few days.
After initial treatment at the local level failed to yield results, authorities called veterinary experts from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. The team is monitoring the tiger’s movement through CCTV cameras installed in the enclosure.
Chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Udaipur, Rahul Bhatnagar said the tiger was responding well to the treatment and would start feeding soon.
The tiger was accused of killing forest guard Rampal Saini on May 8 and has been accused of killing three others. He was shifted to Udaipur on May 16 in a secretive move, where even the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was not intimated.
This had invited the ire of the NTCA, which repeatedly wrote to the state wildlife authorities over the matter, but to no avail. The authority also asked the state authorities to consider relocating the tiger back into the wild.