A panther which has been placed in a cage in a biological park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, has reportedly stopped eating for the last fortnight.
The mammal was recently rescued from a farm where she was found entangled in an iron fence. She was taken to the Machia Biological Park put in a cage for treatment. Ever since, it has not eaten anything.
Biological park officials said the mammal was surviving on a liquid diet.
“Doctors have been providing salts and antibiotics and the panther is recovering fast.
She is not eating anything that we give as she is habitual to hunting down her meal. But we have been trying to feed her chicken soup; today we will try to give mutton soup. She will soon be released in her natural habitat,? said Divisional Forest Officer, Mahendra Singh.
The increasing human population has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements – attacking people and cattle – and often getting killed in return.
Wild animals like leopards, panthers and elephants cause human and material loss in villages nearby forest areas as they often stray into inhabited areas in search of food.