Officials say the feline was not keeping well since her arrival in India
A Namibian cheetah ‘Sasha’ died due to a kidney ailment on Monday at Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park in Central India, officials said.
“Cheetah Sasha passed away due to a kidney problem as her creatinine level was very high,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF-Wildlife) JS Chauhan told local Press Trust of India news agency.
‘Sasha’ was more than four-and-a-half years old female cheetah and was among the eight cheetahs translocated from Namibia since September 17, last year.
According to the officials, the feline was not keeping well since her arrival and was recently taken back to a quarantine enclosure at the Kuno National Park for treatment.
Chauhan said that Sasha’s creatinine level was above 400 (an indicator of poor kidney function) which resulted in her death.
Last year, the Indian government and the Government of the Republic of Namibia entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on wildlife conservation and sustainable biodiversity utilization, for establishing the cheetah into the historical range in India.