MP: 2 white tigress struggling from cancer

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Bhopal, May 28: The mammoth arrangements have been taken on war-footing to save the lives of two white tigresses 'Riki' and 'Kiku', the victims of cancer and paralysis respectively, in local National Park Van Vihar.

''The condition of both the tigresses is stable and undergoing medical treatment. The big cats are taking normal sleep and meals regularly,'' Van Vihar Assistant Director A K Khare told UNI here today.

He said that suggestions have been taken from the experts of America and Mumbai. Recently Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Hospital Cancer Expert P M Parikh visited the place and examined Riki.

Riki(18) was brought from the Nandan Kanan in Orissa's Bhubneshwar 17 years ago while Kiku was brought from Delhi's zoo 2.6 years ago.

''The normal life span of a tigress is 15 to 20 years and Riki is already 18 years old hence chemotherapy is not practically possible for her and it reaffirms the fact that it is not easy to cure her ailment very fast,'' Mr Khare said.

He said that Riki developed an infection at her right and lower eyelash three-four-months ago which was cured after medical treatment but a tumor was formed there. It was further operated on May 10 when it grew large.

''The sample of the tumor was sent to a pathology lab at local Arera Colony and Jabalpur-based Veterinary Lab for biopsy which confirms cancer. For Riki's treatment America's Dr Sitani Scot, Uttar Pradesh's Bareli-based Indian Veterinary Research College A B Shrivastav and several wildlife experts have been contacted,'' Mr Khare said.

He said that the right fore limb of second white tigress Kiku was paralysed however Dr Atul Gupta has been treating her and the condition was said to be stable. As there are only two white tigress in the park and their deteriorating health conditions has became the reason to worry for the wildlife experts.

''The duo old beasts are not fit for reproduction and this is the first instance when a feline developed cancer in Van Vihar,'' he added.


UNI

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