Tigress T30 (Husnara) from Ranthambore dies at age 12 allegedly from natural causes

12-year-old tigress T30 a.k.a Husnara, died in Ranthambore National Park on Thursday, allegedly due to old age. The tigress named T-30 was spotted sitting on the roadside in the reserve’s Khandar area in the morning hours, unable to move with ease. Forest department staff, who rushed to check on her, saw her ‘struggling’ to move her legs for a while before she breathed her last.

A post-mortem was conducted after the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was informed about her death, reserve officials said.

“Though her territory was out of bounds for tourists, she played a great role in the tiger conservation story in Ranthambore. She littered four times during her life span,” said Ranthambore field director Y K Sahu.

Sahu said she littered nine cubs, several of whom are enthralling tourists today. Some forest guard saw the tigress sitting on the roadside (on Thursday). She was trying to get up and move, but she was struggling. She was obviously in pain. The guards informed the officials following which a team of doctors and senior officials rushed to the spot,” said Sahu.

After she breathed her last, a team of three doctors conducted a post-mortem on her. “We are yet to receive the post-mortem report, but prima facie it seems she died of old age,” said the officer, adding that the report will be sent to NTCA.
Ashutosh Pande
Ashutosh Pande is a keen wildlife and nature enthusiast and a regular contributor at Tiger Bulletin.
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