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Second Cheetah fatality at KNP within 3 days, 8th Thus far
Second Cheetah fatality at KNP within 3 days, 8th Thus far

BHOPAL: In a sad turn of events, yet another Cheetah has tragically died at Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park (KNP). This marks the second death within a span of three days and the eighth overall. The latest demise follows the unfortunate loss of a Cheetah named Tejas, who succumbed to injuries on Monday, July 10.

According to an official statement, the monitoring team discovered injury marks on the upper part of male Cheetah Tejas' neck (Boma number 6) at around 11 am on Monday. The wildlife doctors at the Palpur headquarters were promptly informed by the monitoring team. Upon inspecting the Cheetah, they confirmed the severity of the wounds.

"The wildlife doctors arrived at the scene and examined Tejas Cheetah, finding the injuries to be grave. After receiving permission to administer treatment while Tejas was unconscious, the team of doctors departed for Maukar with necessary preparations," the statement revealed.

Tragically, the male Cheetah Tejas was found lifeless at the spot at around 2 pm. The injuries sustained by Tejas are currently under investigation, and the exact cause of death will be determined after the post-mortem examination.

On June 26, an African cheetah, which had been relocated to KNP, sustained injuries during a clash with fellow cheetahs. The skirmish between two groups of cheetahs occurred in the open forest area of Kuno National Park, resulting in injuries to Agni, the male cheetah.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released eight cheetahs (comprising five females and three males) from Namibia into Kuno National Park on his birthday, September 17, last year. This initiative was a significant step towards reviving the extinct cheetah population in India. Additionally, twelve cheetahs were brought from South Africa in February of this year to further bolster the conservation efforts.

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