Female Cheetah Dies At Kuno, Likely Killed During Mating, Say Officials


Twenty cheetahs have been delivered to the nationwide park from South Africa since final yr

New Delhi:

One other cheetah has died at Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno Nationwide Park, hours after it was discovered injured by a monitoring workforce immediately. Daksha is the third cheetah to die on the park in round 40 days.

“She was instantly given mandatory remedy and remedy however she died round 12 midday,” an official mentioned

She might have gotten injured as a result of a “violent interplay” throughout mating with an grownup male coalition which included two male cheetahs – Vayu and Agni, mentioned Madhya Pradesh Chief Conservator of Forest JS Chauhan.

Daksha was launched in enclosure primary and two male cheetahs, Vayu and Agni, have been launched from boma 7 (enclosure) for mating, however it seems that the male cheetahs turned violent throughout the course of which is a traditional factor, he added.

Male cheetahs usually type coalitions or partnerships with their brothers, or different unrelated males, as it’s simpler for them to hunt bigger prey collectively. Typically, males in a coalition additionally compete for a
feminine, and the one which dominates will get the chance to mate.

Twenty cheetahs have been delivered to the nationwide park from South Africa since final yr underneath ‘Challenge Cheetah’, of which two died in March and April.

Cheetahs Sasha’ and ‘Uday’, who have been shifted to KNP from Namibia and South Africa in separate batches in September 2022 and later, died on March 27 and April 23, respectively, officers had mentioned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the primary batch of eight noticed felines — 5 females and three males — from Namibia right into a quarantine enclosure at Kuno in Madhya Pradesh on his 72nd birthday on September 17 final yr.

In a second such translocation, 12 cheetahs have been flown in from South Africa and launched into Kuno on February 18.

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