5 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh: Health Of Lone Surviving Cheetah Cub At Kuno National Park Improving

Bhopal: The lone surviving Cheetah cub Kuno National Park is showing good improvement and has gained weight. This cub has gained around one and half kg weight. 

DFO Kuno, Prakash Kumar Verma said now we are planning to reunite the cub with its mother ‘Jwala’ and this work will be done soon. In this regard, guidance of experts is being sought, he said.

Notably, Namibian Cheetah Jwala, earlier known as Siyaya, had given birth to four cubs inside the big enclosure on March 29. Of them, three cubs died as they were unable to face the extreme heat. The first cub died during the morning hours of May 23. Two other cubs died during evening hours of the same day. 

The Kuno officials termed the death natural saying that cheetah cubs have a low survival rate. After the death of three cubs, Kuno officers took the decision to rescue the fourth cub and shifted it to the intensive care unit. Since then, the cub has been under the supervision of the veterinary team and is responding positively to the treatment.

Cheetah 'Dhatri' released into wild

Meanwhile, female Cheetah Dhatri, earlier known as Tablishi, was released into the wilds of Kuno National Park in Sheopur on Saturday morning. The Cheetah, brought from Namibia, has joined the group of seven cheetahs released earlier into the wild.

Kuno National Park’s District Forest Officer Prakash Kumar Verma told that with the release of Cheetah Dhatri, the number of Cheetahs in the wild has risen to eight. Now there are four females Dhatri, Gamini, Nirva and Asha and four male cheetahs Saurya, Gaurav, Vayu and Agni

Asha moving towards Shivpuri

Female Cheetah Asha had strayed into Madhav National Park of Shivpuri more than two weeks ago. 

“Now she has moved out of Madhav National Park and is heading towards Shivpuri. There is no problem until she moves within the limits of Madhya Pradesh. But if she heads towards the border of Uttar Pradesh then we have to think about bringing her back,” said an officer of Kuno. 

It is learnt that Asha is making the kills from time to time and is exploring the region by moving from one place to another. A team of forest officials is following her and keeping the senior officers updated about her movement.

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