A cheetah that was taken from South Africa to India died in that country on Tuesday. The female cheetah was probably bitten to death by the male during mating.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that the wounds to the female cheetah were caused by the male,” the Kuno National Park said in a statement.
“This violent behavior is normal during mating. It is indeed impossible to monitor them in this situation.”
Daksha is the third cheetah to die after she, along with 20 others as part of a program to re-establish the animals in India, taken to the country. A total of 12 cheetahs were taken from South Africa and eight from Namibia.
Uday it in April died after he looked sick and was sedated to receive medical treatment.
In March, Sasha, a Namibian cheetah, died of kidney disease.
The relocation of these cheetahs is the first intercontinental relocation of its kind. Authorities in India intend to resettle around 100 of the animals in India over the next decade.
Critics have warned that the cheetahs may struggle to adapt to the Indian habitat due to competition for prey with the significant number of cheetahs found in the area.
Researchers and scientists from the Leibniz-IZW cheetah research project in Namibia also recently said the resettlement program ignored “spatial ecology”. According to them, the Kuno National Park is much smaller than what these big cats normally need to thrive.
Cheetahs were officially declared extinct in India in 1952. The last Asiatic cheetah to roam the subcontinent was presumably hunted in 1947 by an Indian prince.
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