In Kuno National Park, a female cheetah named Daksha that had been imported from South Africa has passed away.
There have been three deaths so far, according to JS Chauhan, chief conservator of forests in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
A six-year-old male cheetah that had been brought from South Africa to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh in February 2017 just passed away. The cause of its demise is still a mystery.
The cheetah, just given the name Uday in a government-sponsored naming contest, was doing well. The forest department in Madhya Pradesh reported that it suddenly became ill on Sunday.
“A KNP monitoring team discovered an injured Daksha this morning. She received prompt medical attention, but despite all efforts, she passed away at noon,” the spokesman said.
“Daksha was found in injured condition in the morning by a monitoring team of KNP. She was immediately given necessary medication and treatment but she died around 12 noon,” a forest official said.
Two male cheetahs, Vayu and Agni, were released from boma 7 (enclosure) to mate with Daksha in enclosure 1, but the official noted that the male cheetahs became aggressive during the mating procedure.
The surveillance team would have had a hard time intervening while the female cheetah was being killed.