According to the authorities, a female cheetah cub perished at Kuno National Park on Tuesday.
Three instead of four young cubs were present in the park, according to the Kuno forest ranger.
He continued, “The forest department team is working to determine the cause of death.”
Jwala, formerly known as Siyaya, a female cheetah imported from Namibia, gave birth to four cubs in March of this year at Kuno National Park in the Sheopur area of Madhya Pradesh.
Notably, three cheetahs have already perished at the National Park in recent months, casting blame on the Kuno management and administration.
On September 17, 2016, in honour of his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the eight cheetahs he had brought from Namibia into Kuno National Park.
The cheetah was declared extinct in India in 1952, but as part of “Project Cheetah” and the government’s efforts to revive and diversify the nation’s fauna and environment, 8 cheetahs (5 females and 3 males) were transported from Namibia in Africa.
Later, on February 18, 12 additional Cheetahs were transported from South Africa and rehabilitated in Kuno National Park.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) regulations were followed in the ambitious Project Cheetah of the Indian government while reintroducing wild animals, particularly cheetahs.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh, JS Chauhan, stated that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding her passing.
“We have learned of the passing of a one cheetah cub in Kuno. Officials from the forest department are attempting to determine what caused her death. More information will be provided later.”
As Madhya Pradesh forest department issued a statement, in which the incident happened around 7 am. There’s a 24/7 monitoring of the Cheetahs is going on.
First the monitoring team saw the mother Jwala sitting with her four cubs. However when she moved from there, all the cubs, except one, followed her.
They further added, “The fourth one was found lying at the same spot. After waiting for some time, when the team went to examine him, they noticed that it was trying to lift his head. The veterinarians were called to start the treatment. However, the animal could not survive.”
“At first glance, it seems that the cub was the weakest of them all. He was the least active, and did not feed as well as the others. Such cubs do not survive for very long,” say the officials.
Further details about the exact cause of the death of the cub is still awaited at the time of this report.