Thursday, April 24, 2014

African cheetah dies in Junagadh zoo.

RAJKOT: A 12-year-old male African cheetah died in Junagadh's Sakkarbaug Zoo on Monday.

According to zoo officials, the cheetah named 'Lestad', died due to liver and kidney failure caused because of old age. The wildcat was born in Singapore Zoo in 2002.

According to forest department officials, four cheetahs were brought to Junagadh from Singapore under Animal Exchange Programme in 2009. Sakkarbaug Zoo got four African Cheetahs — two males and two females — in exchange of Asiatic lions.

Out of four cheetahs, three died earlier. Now, only one female cheetah is left at the zoo. Forest officials said normal life of a cheetah in captivity is 10 to 12 years.

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