Young lion struck by paralysis, dies at Nehru Zoological Park

Jeetu, the five-year-old lion, was born in the zoo on May 28, 2014 to the pair of Asiatic lions Atul and Jyothi.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Jul 2019  9:21 pm
A veterinary officer and a zoo staffer look at the body of Jeetu, a 5-yr-old male Asiatic Lion that died at Nehru Zoological Park on Saturday

Hyderabad: A young male Asiatic Lion, Jeetu, who was suffering from paralysis of its hind legs for nearly a year, died at the Nehru Zoological Park, the zoo announced on Saturday.

Jeetu, the five-year-old lion, was born in the zoo on May 28, 2014 to the pair of Asiatic lions Atul and Jyothi. Atul, who had fathered 26 cubs in all, died on October 4 last year. The city zoo currently has 13 lions, five males and eight females.

In a news release, the zoo said Jeetu was diagnosed with Paraplegia (paralysis of hind legs) since on July 8 this year and was under intensive care treatment in the zoo’s Summer House area. A team of wildlife veterinarians as well as from PV Narasimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University at Rajendranagar in the city were looking after Jeethu.

The lion was unable to get up for past 12 days and despite all possible treatment, died on Saturday morning, the zoo said, adding that the zoo family deeply mourns the death of their beloved Jeetu.

During the postmortem exam, a team of veterinary surgeons found lesions and evidence of multiple organ failure that resulted in the death. Viscera and other body samples were also collected and sent to the Veterinary and Biological Research Institute at Shantinagar for further examinations.

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