Staff Reporter :
A male royal Bengal tiger named Satpura breathed its last in the Bhilai Maitri Bagh zoo on Tuesday, after suffering with abdomen tumour, resulted in cancer for more than last eighteen months. It needs a mention here that in year 2004, pair of Bengal tigers, Laxmi and Ganesh gave birth to male tiger, Satura at Maitri Bagh zoo, managed by Horticulture Department of Bhilai Steel Plant. According to the information that as the tumours in Satpura’s body was discovered, the medical experts and veterinary experts have undertaken Satpura for treatment under the supervision of AGM (Horticulture) Dr G K Dubey.
Talking to the newspaper, Dr G K Dubey pointed that around 14-year-old, male Bengal tiger, Satpura was ailing from cancer for more than one and half years following tumours in abdomen. He added that the Zoo authority noticed alternation in routine life of Satpura from the last fifteen days as it discontinued eating and eventually on Tuesday, Satpura breathed its last. “Death of male tiger, Satpura was informed to Zoo Authority of India and District Forest Department (Durg) and its last rites were performed at the Maitri Bagh premises in the presence of officials from zoo authority and forest department”, asserted AGM Dr G K Dubey.