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Lioness dies in Lucknow zoo, oldest tigress in Assam

The carcass of 20-year-old Swati, one of the oldest Royal Bengal Tigress, which died at Assam State Zoo in Guwahati on Sunday. Swati was brought to Assam State Zoo from Mysore in 2005. PTI

lucknow Updated: Jul 18, 2017 15:33 IST
HT Correspondent/PTI
HT Correspondent/PTI
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Oldest tigress,Lucknow zoo,ChattBir Zoo
Swati was the oldest living tigress in captivity.(PTI)

One of the oldest lionesses in the country, Shubhangi, died at the Lucknow Zoo on Monday. Aged over 20, the lioness was brought here from ChattBir Zoo in Chandigarh when it was a little over six years old. It had been ill for the past some time.

Zoo director Anupam Gupta said lionesses live up to 17-18 years. “Crossing the age of 20 is rare among the lionesses and she was one of the oldest,” he claimed.

The lioness was given soft boneless meat with calcium and vitamin supplement for healthy life that helped her live long. As per the PTI, country’s oldest tigress in captivity died of age-related ailments at the Assam state zoo.

‘Swati’, who was 20-years-old, died on Sunday, officials at Assam state zoo-cum-botanical garden said.

“Swati was the oldest living tigress in captivity. She was not well for the past few days and was under special care. She had also lost weight,” an official claimed.

She was born in 1997 and would have turned 21 in January next year. The tigress was shifted to Guwahati in 2005, after which she gave birth to six cubs. She had given birth to five cubs in Mysore zoo prior to her coming to Assam, the officials said.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 15:33 IST