All is not well with Van Vihar; leopard Nimmi dies, Katrina critical
BHOPAL: The squint-eyed
beauty Nimmi, will no more entertain the visitors of Van Vihar nor will she
pound upon her preys again. Her old age devoured her on Saturday.
In fact, the
officials of the Van Vihar national park, who were continuously observing the
critically ill female leopard, Katrina, were taken aback when they found Nimmi,
another female leopard, dead. Katrina, who was not responding to the treatment,
was also stated to be critical.
director of Van Vihar Sudesh Waghmare informed that Nimmi, a 12-year-old
leopard, was found dead. Brought here after a rescue operation from Neemuch in
2005, she was ill from a couple of days. She had responded to the medicines and
her condition was not critical. Beside her old age there was no other reason
for her death.
The real cause
of death would be known from post-mortem report which would be performed on
Sunday, Waghmare said.
Katrina, who is
ill for a long time has shown no improvement and is under observation. She was
suffering from Bebesia and her liver and kidney were not functional. She has
not consumed food for past five days and is being given glucose saline,
multivitamin and life saving drugs. However she continues to be critical.
Leopard continues to fox foresters
which had injured five persons on October 4 and was not traceable despite
repeated search operations by forest officials, is reported to be present on
the campus of Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM),
director of Van Vihar Sudesh Waghmare said the officials of forest department
had found evidence of its presence in IIFM. The cages with lamb were still in
place and search operation would be carried out on the campus, he added.
Leopard cub dies of heart failure
A leopard cub
died of heart failure after being rescued from a house in Hatta range of
Balaghat district on Saturday. The post-mortem report confirmed the death due
to heart failure.
Forest Officer of Balaghat (South) KK Gurbani while talking to Free Press
informed that the cub about four months old entered a house in Godri village in
Hatta range on Friday evening. The rescue team rushed to the spot and found the
animal inside the bathroom of the house. The cub was terrified as hundreds of
people gathered there. The animal was given treatment and some food. Since the
cub was not grown up it was in a state of shock from being separated of his
mother probably for a couple of days. Food was offered to him but he consumed
The cub was
taken to Balaghat on Saturday morning but it died on the way. The post-mortem
report confirmed death due to heart failure, added Gurbani.
The movement of
a leopard with two cubs was reported in the area and the cub was one of them.