27 Mar 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Female Cheetah Sasha Dies In Sheopur's Kuno, Was Among 8 Cheetahs Brought From Namibia

Sheopur: Sasha, the 5-year-old female cheetah who was among the eight cheetahs brought from Namibia, died in Sheopur's Kuno National Park. She was suffering from kidney ailment. She was found dead on Monday morning. 

Eight cheetahs were brought from Namibia on 17 September. She was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the enclosure. Sasha was also among them. Recently, another batch of 12 cheetahs was brought to Kuno from South Africa.

Forest Department Additional Chief Secretary JN Kansotiya said that the female cheetah was found dead in the morning, it cannot be told when she died. A team of forest and veterinary doctors has reached Kuno from Bhopal.

Three female cheetahs Savannah, Sasha and Siyaya were released on November 28 last year in compartment number-5 of the large enclosure of Kuno National Park. All the female cheetahs were hunting together while staying in the compartment.

Sasha had fallen ill in January also

On January 23, Cheetah Sasha had become ill. For her treatment a team of veterinary doctors had reached Kuno from Bhopal. Doctors had found infection in her kidney. The team of doctors who arrived from Bhopal had taken the female cheetah under their care and treating her. Her condition had improved after treatment.

In the second phase, 12 more cheetahs were brought from South Africa. On February 18, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Bhupendra Singh Yadav released them in Kuno's enclosure. After this the number of cheetahs in Kuno had increased to 20. But today after the death of Sasha, now this number has come down to 19.

Sasha had kidney disease before coming to India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife JS Chauhan said that senior scientists of Indian Institute of Wildlife Dehradun and Kuno National Park Management obtained the treatment history of "Sasha" from Cheetah Conservation Foundation, Namibia. It was revealed that the last blood sample test was done in Namibia on 15 August 2022 Her creatinine level was also found to be more than 400, which confirmed that Sasha had kidney disease before coming to India.

from January 22, 2023 till the date of death of "Sasha" all the veterinarians of Kuno National Park and Namibian expert Dr. Ilai Walker were continuously testing and treating Sasha day and night. 

During the course of treatment, Sasha's health was discussed in detail with experts from Cheetah Conservation Foundation, Namibia and University of Pretoria, South Africa. “Sasha” was examined by all these experts and doctors and according to their advice she was given treatment.

All remaining cheetahs are healthy and active

Chauhan told that the remaining 7 cheetahs brought from Namibia, in which 3 males and 1 female have been released in the open forest area for free movement, are hunting completely healthy and active. All 12 cheetahs brought from South Africa are also healthy and active in quarantine enclosures.

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