Maha ti­gress Avni had not eaten for 4-5 days: Necropsy re­port

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MUM­BAI: Ti­gress Avni died due to ex­ces­sive in­ter­nal, and car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and her stom­ach and in­testines were filled with fluid and gas, in­di­cat­ing she had not hunted or eaten for 4-5 days, ac­cord­ing to a pro­vi­sional necropsy re­port.

The ti­gress, who was be­lieved to have turned man-eater and killed 13 peo­ple in the last two years in Ya­vat­mal dis­trict’s Pand­harkawda area, was shot dead in Bo­rati for­est there last Fri­day.

The ex­am­i­na­tion, con­ducted by vet­eri­nar­i­ans of var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions, has also re­vealed that two “ma­jor” parts of the bul­let, used to kill the 119 kg ti­gress, were ob­served and that it died due to ex­ces­sive in­ter­nal bleed­ing and car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure.

Ex­plain­ing the con­tents of the re­port, a wildlife ex­pert said, “Ob­ser­va­tion of fluid and gas, with­out any solid con­tent, means that the ti­gress had not hunted or eaten for about 4-5 days. How­ever, it is com­monly ob­served in large cats that they eat 25-30 kg meat on a sin­gle day and do not eat for seven days at a stretch.”

The necropsy re­port states that a cir­cu­lar punc­tured wound on the skin of 0.5 cm di­am­e­ter on the left tho­racic re­gion was found and that the gun­shot was fired from be­low the left scapu­lar cau­dal an­gle.

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