Tejika, the only Asiatic lioness at Nahargarh Biological Park, dies of cardiac arrest
The lioness had recently given birth to three cubs, including Tara, a female and two male cubs, Tripura and Tejasjaipur Updated: Jan 17, 2018 22:42 IST
A 6-year-old Asiatic lioness died of a cardiac arrest at the Nahargarh Biological Park near Jaipur, an official said on Wednesday.
The lioness, Tejika, died due to a cardiac arrest on Monday night and a caretaker at the zoo on routine check, found the animal dead and informed to the zoo authorities on Tuesday morning, said veterinary doctor at the zoo Arvind Mathur.
A post mortem has been conducted and samples of the viscera have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly and the Forensic Science Laboratory, he said.
Tejika, the only Asiatic lioness in the park, was brought from Gujarat’s Junagarh in January 2016.
The lioness had recently given birth to three cubs, including Tara, a female and two male cubs, Tripura and Tejas. The cubs were named by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the official said.
“After a long time a lioness had given birth to cubs in the Jaipur zoo,” he said.
Of Tejika’s first litter of five cubs, with her mate Sidhharth, one was stillborn and the lioness has discarded the rest, Mathur said.
In March 2017, Tejika suffered from a serious infection but recovered after being treated a team of doctors from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, he said.
“In October, she suffered from posterior paralyses and recovered after treatment but this time she did not gave us any chance.”
The doctor said a lion’s age in wild is around 12-15 years and 18-20 years in captivity.
The forest department was considering starting a lion safari by April, and was planning to shift Tejika and her cubs to the specially built enclosure where the safari will conducted that already houses two lions, including Siddharth, a male, and Suhasini, a female.
At present, the park has 21 enclosures, where endangered animals, including lions, a tiger, and a leopard among others are housed in a natural surroundings.