Black cobra's bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed

A white tiger that was brought to the Indore zoo about a month ago from Bhilai succumbed to a snake bite on Saturday. As per zoo officials, the two fought with each other after which even the snake was left paralysed.

indore Updated: Dec 29, 2014 11:16 IST
Ritesh Mishra
Ritesh Mishra
Hindustan Times
white tiger,Indore zoo,white tiger killed

A black cobra killed a white tiger in its enclosure at Indore zoo on Saturday after a fight that left the snake paralysed.

On Saturday morning, the zoo officials found the two-year-old tiger, Rajan, unconscious, bleeding from the nose and foaming at the mouth. Though doctors were rushed in, he was declared dead. Postmortem has confirmed the tiger died due to snake bite.

And away from dead tiger’s paws, inside a small burrow in the enclosure, the snake hid itself. The tiger had died after inflicting a bloody blow on the snake. Indore zoo in-charge Dr Uttam Yadav said the cobra had been paralysed in the fight and they were trying to save it.

About 2 years ago, a snake had entered the enclosure of two tigers, but the tigers killed it after a brief encounter.

Rajan’s death is a blow to Indore zoo as he was brought to zoo about a month ago from Chhattisgarh for breeding. The zoo is now left with three white tigresses — Diya, Shivani and their mother Sita.

First Published: Dec 27, 2014 16:38 IST