Second cheetah dies at Kuno National Park within one month
New Delhi : A cheetah from South Africa that was moved to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh died on Sunday. The cheetah's name was Uday and he was six years old. This is the second time in almost a month that a cheetah has died at the park. The first cheetah, Sasha, died from a kidney problem on March 27th.
The incident is being seen as a big setback for the 'Project Cheetah', which was created to move 20 cheetahs from Namibia and South Africa to Kuno National Park in Sheopur district. The cheetahs were moved in two different groups in September 2022 and February of this year.
According to a forest official, the dead cheetah has been identified as Uday, but they do not know the exact reason for the cheetah's death yet.
In the morning, the officials noticed that Uday was moving slowly in his enclosure, and upon closer inspection, they found that he was having difficulty walking. According to an official statement, Uday was healthy during an inspection on Saturday evening, but during a check on Sunday morning, the medical team discovered that he was unwell. As per the advice of wildlife veterinarians, the cheetah was given medication at 11 AM after being tranquilized.
Sadly, Uday could not survive for long and lost his life at around 4 PM.
Out of the 20 cheetahs brought to India as part of the world's first intercontinental translocation project to reintroduce big cats into the country, only 18 cheetahs remain now.