2 white tigresses struggling from cancer, paralysis in MP

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Bhopal, May 28 (UNI) Arrangements have been made on a 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 suggestions have been taken from the experts from 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 Bhubaneshwar 17 years ago while Kiku was brought from Delhi's zoo over some two-and-a-half-year 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 Riki developed an infection in her right and lower eyelash about some two to three months ago, which was cured after medical treatment. But a tumor was formed there. It was further operated on May 10 when it grew larger.

''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 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 have became the reason for 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.

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