Bhopal: Yet another tiger cub reared with the help of a ‘dummy toy tigress mother’ died at Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve on Wednesday morning.
Two other cubs, reared with the “dummy toy mother,” had died from Parvovirus infection at the tiger reserve since Saturday last.
Mridul Pathak, field director of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve informed that the third cub died in the morning despite the best efforts of the four veterinary doctors to save its life.
Pathak said the first tiger cub had died on Saturday night followed by another on Sunday.
A two-member team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has reached Bandhavgarh to investigate under what circumstances the cubs have died.
Pathak said in the absence of mother’s milk, the immunity of the cubs were very weak. He said they didn’t receive antibodies from their mother’s milk due to which they were infected with Parvo viral infection on April 12.
The Parvovirus weakens the muscles of heart and cubs died from heart collapse, he added.
Pathak said the three cubs were brought to Bandhavgarh on January 22 this year after their mother died of electrocution in the buffer zone of Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve in mid-January.