Bhopal, Aug 27 : Zoo authorities in Bhopal celebrated the birthday of 'Rini', a white tigress on Tuesday, who is currently battling with cancer.
Rini, an inmate of the Van Vihar zoo, is undergoing treatment for cancer for the past six months. So the celebrations of of birthday this year were held with special prayers for her speedy recovery.
Elaborate arrangements were made for her birthday party with the state forest minister himself gracing the occasion.
The zoo authorities hoped that she would recover soon as she was responding well to the chemotherapy.
"She has completed 18 years today. She was diagnosed with cancer six months back, and is being treated for the disease. There is slight improvement in her condition now. We are hopeful that she will recover soon," said Atul Gupta, Veterinarian, Van Vihar Zoo.
Rini was shifted to the Van Vihar zoo in 1995 from the Nandankanan zoo in Orissa and since then the zoo authorities celebrate her birthday every year.
According to the latest census figures as of 2007, the tiger population in India is dwindling despite the development of special reserves under 'Project Tiger' launched in 1972.
The tiger population across the nation, particularly those outside protected reserves, faces a variety of threats, including habitat fragmentation, encroachment, and poaching and developmental projects. These problems are directly or indirectly linked to anthropogenic factors.