In a setback to India’s ambitious project of reintroducing cheetahs into the country, a second big cat has died in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park. The six-year-old cheetah, named Uday, was one of the 12 cheetahs flown into India from South Africa in February.
According to a press release by the forest department, Uday fell sick on Sunday morning and was found to be lethargic and limping during the daily check-up. The cheetah was immediately tranquilised and given the first round of treatment. However, despite the best efforts of the veterinarians, Uday succumbed to his illness later in the day at 4 pm.
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The cause of Uday’s death is yet to be ascertained and will be determined after a post-mortem, confirmed a senior forest official. The loss of Uday is a major setback for India’s first intercontinental translocation project that aims to reintroduce the big cats into the country. Out of the 20 cheetahs brought to India, only 18 now remain in the Kuno National Park.
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