A third South African cheetah in India’s Reintroduction Plan has passed away. This news follows the recent announcement of plans to release five more cheetahs into the wild in the park.
On 8 May, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced in a statement that they would release five more cheetahs into Kuno National Park before the monsoon season.
A day later, on Tuesday, 9 May, vets treated a female, Daksha, who sustained injuries during mating with two males. The BBC reports that she died later that afternoon.
Daksha was housed next to an enclosure with two male cheetahs, Agni and Vayu. In a meeting on 30 April, Indian and South African wildlife experts and officials decided to let the two males meet Daksha. They entered her enclosure on 6 May.
The park’s statement said that ‘It’s normal for male cheetahs to behave violently with the female during mating and it’s impossible for the monitoring team to interfere with the cats at that time.’
Last month, a South African male cheetah, Uday, died from cardiac failure, and a Namibian female died of suspected kidney ailments in March.
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