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Sat, 18 Nov 2017

Northeast Today

Country’s Oldest Tiger in Captivity Dies in Assam State Zoo

Country’s Oldest Tiger in Captivity Dies in Assam State Zoo
July 17
11:18 2017

Swathi, the oldest living tiger in captive environment in the country, died on Sunday at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati. The tigress was 21 years old.

Born in Mysore Zoo on 28th January, 1997, Swathi was brought to Guwahati in 2005 even as she had already given birth to five cubs there. In Guwahati, the Royal Bengal Tigress gave birth to six more cubs, of which Birina – also a tigress is currently in the Assam State Zoo.

“She was not keeping well for some time. She died at around 0200 hours this morning,” Zoo authorities said on Sunday. Since the last two years, Swathi was kept away from public as she was unable to move. She was being nursed at a shelter.

The average life span of a tiger varies between 14 to 16 years and crossing twenty is only in exceptional cases.

Following its death, the Assam State Zoo is now left with four tigers – two Royal Bengal Tigers and two white tigers, out all four are females.

Prior to Swathi, a 26-year-old tiger, Guddu, had died at the Kanpur zoo in Uttar Pradesh in January 2014.

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