National Park's Oldest Captive Leopard, Rani, Dies At 18
By Vamsi Krishna N : 30-Jan-2017
The oldest captive leopard, Rani, at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park died at the age of 18, two years after the passing away of her mate, Raja, at the age of 20 years. Rani has been suffering from ill health for the past few days and is undergoing treatment before her death.
She has been diagnosed with chest congestion and some local wounds for which she has been undergoing treatment.
Speaking about the Rani’s demise, the veterinary officer of SGNP, Shailesh Pethe told media, “She was the oldest captive resident of SGNP and died at 2 am on Sunday. She was undergoing treatment for a chest infection and local wounds. The post-mortem will be conducted by Bombay Veterinary College pathologists; we expect the report on Wednesday.”
Rani is unique and special in the rescue center for being the oldest captive leopard out of the 14 leopards present in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The staffs at the National park also consider and treat her as their favorite, for the leopard’s calm temperament.
Rani is also considered favorite by Anand Bharti, who served as the chief conservator of forests at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park from 1993 to 2004. Both Raja and Rani have developed an emotional bonding relationship with Anand Bharti and his wife. Both the leopards would show their love towards Anand Bharti and his wife every day in the morning by waiting for the couple to visit them.
Shailesh Deore, Range forest officer and superintendent of the tiger and lion safari also expressed his grief over the passing away of the oldest captive leopard in the Park, Rani, by saying that, “Her death is a huge loss for all of us; she was a family member. The best part about her was that she was very calm and composed.