Sasha, one of the eight cheetahs introduced in the Kuno National Park last year from Namibia, died on Monday. She was suffering from a kidney ailment and her creatinine levels were a high 400 in the final check-up even before the intercontinental translocation.
Sasha was a captive-bred cheetah. On January 23, Sasha showed signs of fatigue and weakness, after which she was tranquilised and shifted to the quarantine enclosure for treatment. Sasha was three years old and was released at Kuno on September 17 last year as part of India’s cheetah reintroduction programme.
In the initial days, all cheetahs were kept under observation in quarantine. They were released into larger hunting enclosures in November. The cheetahs have since hunted on their own and shown signs of adapting to their new home.
India welcomed 12 more cheetahs from South Africa in February. The second batch of cheetahs landed at the air force station in Gwalior before they were taken to the Kuno National Park.
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