What came as incredibly sad news on World Animal Day, which is celebrated on the 4th of October every year, Palash, the Royal Bengal Tiger, passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNV) medical centre of renal failure. Palash was suffering from renal issues which developed into septicaemia a week ago and the health condition turned critical. He stopped eating and was on saline and glucose supplements. An official press release from the medical centre at SGNV said “He had stopped eating for the last week. He was on saline and oral glucose supplementation. A blood test showed his serum creatinine value had shot up 37 md/dl while his Blood Urea Nitrogen value had risen to 221.6 mg/dl.”
Palash was 13 years old and had been brought to SGNP from Vanvihar National Park in Bhopal at the age of 3 years. Palash has fathered 2 male tigers Anand and Yash, and a tigress Lakshmi, with his mate Basanti. The entire family is a part of the Tiger Safari at SGNP.
Royal Bengal Tigers
Royal Bengal Tigers, are found in India and are renowned for their power and strength. Also known as the Indian tigers, they are a very important part of Indian tradition and lore, and as one of the five remaining tiger subspecies, are themselves endangered. Hunting, forest destruction and unfortunately nature itself is causing the reduction of one of the most magnificent animals on the earth’s crust. Today there are fewer than 2,500 tigers. The average life span of Royal Bengal tigers is till 10-13 years of age, but still the death of Palash comes as a bad news for the depleting population of this species.
World Animal Day
October 4th is celebrated as the World Animal Day since 1931 to increase the awareness among the people to help raise the welfare of animals around the globe, and make people realise that every being on this earth is very important for a balanced ecological system. With the misuse of natural resources, and harmful elements introduced into the ecosystem, the population of animals is indeed endangered, for unfortunately, though they know ways and means to protect themselves from the acts of nature, they do not know how to protect themselves from man-made calamities. It is time to realise that animals of every kind also have the right to co-exist with us, and work towards their protection.