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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.

Assistant 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


The leopard, 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),

Assistant 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.

Divisional 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 very less.

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.