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Female Bengal tiger dies at Peshawar Zoo

PESHAWAR: A female Bengal tiger died at Peshawar Zoo after fought with a male tiger two days ago. This was the fourth death of the animal occurred in the zoo during the ongoing year.

According to the project director of the zoo, the tiger was severely injured after getting into a fight with another tiger two days back. The official further said the injured tiger was provided medical treatment by the zoo administration but she could not survive due to extensive internal bleeding.

KP Minister for Forestry, Environment and Wildlife, Syed Muhammad Ishtiaq Umar called an emergency meeting after the incident to ascertain the reasons behind the death of the female tiger.

In June, a three-year-old giraffe died at the Peshawar Zoo in mysterious circumstances. Earlier, a giraffe had died on April 17 while a zebra also died in the facility.

On March 15, a 10-year-old snow leopard had passed away at the zoo. The snow leopard was brought to the zoo from Galiyat and was scheduled to be taken back on April 15 due to hot weather.

Two years ago, over 34 animals died at Peshawar zoo within three months, a report had disclosed. The report was compiled by the investigation committee formed to probe the back-to-back deaths of animals at the zoo.

A dark cloud hovered over the Peshawar zoo following media reports of deaths. The zoo has lost more than 30 birds, one nilgai (an antelope endemic to the Indian subcontinent), a snow leopard, a fallow deer and a monkey.

The report had concluded that the birds and nilgai had passed away due to breathing problems.

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) had reprimanded the authorities concerned over the death of a cheetah at the Peshawar zoo in January 2020.

During a hearing, Justice Qaiser Rasheed questioned what has officials of the wildlife department been doing? The wildlife conservators had appraised the court of better facilities ensured at the zoo.



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