Cheetah gifted to Hyderabad by Saudi prince dies of heart failure

Cheetah gifted to Hyderabad by Saudi prince dies of heart failure

A post-mortem examination by the Veterinary Biological and Research Institute (VBRI) concluded death by heart failure.

The last of the two cheetahs at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, gifted by Saudi prince Bandar Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al Saud a decade ago, has died. Thirteen-year-old Abdullah died of cardiac arrest, according to zoo officials.

Cheetah gifted to Hyderabad by Saudi prince dies of heart failure
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A post-mortem examination by the Veterinary Biological and Research Institute (VBRI) concluded death by heart failure.

“He had taken his morning food and died between 3.30 and 4 pm Friday,” said Dr M A Hakeem, deputy director (veterinary). Abdullah had no clinical symptoms. He did not respond to the animal keeper who had gone to feed him. On examination, he was found unresponsive and the veterinary doctors at the zoo confirmed the death.

In 2013, the prince gifted two cheetahs and two African lions from the National Wildlife Research Centre of Saudi Arabia, as per his promise during his visit to the city in October 2012 to participate in the 11th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Abdullah’s partner Hiba died of paraplegia in 2020 at the age of eight after suffering “lameness in limbs” for three years. Since then Abdullah, the last cheetah in the zoo, was alone. A zoo official said Abdullah was in good health and the sudden death was a shock.

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