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T-24 caught with bacterial infection, blood samples sent to Bareilly

Udaipur : T-24 aka Ustaad, the mighty 9-year-old tiger expelled from Ranthambore sanctuary six months back is sick at the Sajjangarh Biological Park here. He is suffering from some sort of bacterial infection for past two days which has kept the forest department on toes. His blood samples would be send to Indian Veterinary Research Center (IVRC) at Bareilly for accuracy and details, sources said. However, the forest officials chose to remain silent.

“T-24 is alright and just suffering from constipation. Taking prevention, we called experts from Jaipur and Ranthambore who are taking care of his health now” Rahul Bhatnagar, the chief conservator of forest (wild life) said.
A team of medical experts from Jaipur, Ranthambore and Udaipur are treating the big cat which was tranquilized on Tuesday. Due to the effect of the anesthesia, Ustad slept for the whole day while the doctors examined and took his blood samples. He hasn’t eaten for a day, park sources said.

The forest department initially feared the tiger to be suffering from Leptospirosis, a deadly bacterial disease caused by rodents that had killed a tiger called Monu at the park in early this year. However, sources said that the result of T-24’s blood sample tested at the Regional Disease Diagnostic Center here on Tuesday didn’t indicate the presence of Leptospiral bacteria which has come as a big relief for the forest department that has been under scanner since the expulsion and shifting of Ustad here. Death of Monu tiger had been a blow to the department earlier. Monu was brought here on March 7 from the Bannerghatta national park, Bangalore. He died of multi organ failure on April 10, just two days before the official inauguration of the park.


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