A tiger cub that was injured after being caught in Ponnampet forest of Kodagu district died at Koorgalli Wild Animals Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in the city on Friday.
With the death of this tiger, a total of four tiger death has been reported in the state this month. The tiger cub aged one and a half years was caught in a snare on Wednesday and was shifted to the Koorgalli centre.
“The cub which was caught had a swelling in its forelimb. After being brought to the centre, the cub had a variation in blood count and started to refuse food on its arrival here,” said ZAK executive director Kamala Karikalan.
According to her, the health of the cub got worsened and the post mortem revealed that the dead tiger had abnormalities in its body like lung flue which leads to difficulty in breathing and cyst formation in intestine. The samples will be sent for analysis and the results will give accurate reasons for the death, she added.
The first tiger death in the state was reported on January 4, when the carcass of an aged tigress was found in DB Kuppe range of Nagarahole. On January 13, a tiger succumbed to its injuries while being shifted for treatment to Bannerghatta Biological Park from Bandipur. On January 16, a tigress died due to an alleged overdose of tranquilliser when it darted near the Antarsanthe range of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve.