It’s been eight days since Radha, a 17-year-old tigress in the city’s zoo has eaten anything. She is being administered glucoseintravenously. Zoo authorities, who have not been able to make her eat say it’s a case of mental trauma due to relocation to a new home.The relocation from one zoo to another seems to have traumatized tigress, who is also suffering from old age. She stopped taking food since she was shifted from Aji Zoo to the newly built Pradyuman Park Zoo about eight days ago. In order to prevent her condition from deterioration, the tigress is being administered glucose intravenously.
Apart from Radha, another zoo inmate John, a 22-year-old male leopard also suffered from similar tendencies after the zoo shifting. However, after a few days of acclimatisation, the leopard started eating, while Radha has continued with her fast.
“The tigress is in stable condition but still not eating,” said zoo superintendent M G Maradia on Sunday. “We have tried feeding her chicken, meat and various other meat but she is not eating. We also gave her medication to induce hunger, but it has not affected. After consulting senior professors from Anand Veterinary College, it was concluded that this is a psychological problem,” Maradia said.
This is a common tendency seen among animals when they are shifted to new environment, Maradia explained. “Some take time, but gradually they get adjusted to the new environs as witnessed in the case of the leopard. However, the tigress is taking longer than usual despite our best efforts,” he added.