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The mating of male and female cheetahs turned violent
An official associated with the Cheetah Project said in a statement that two male cheetahs named Vayu and Agni, also known as White Walkers, had a fight with the female cheetah Daksha. A mating attempt with male cheetahs resulted in violence and Daksha lost his life. The incident took place on Tuesday morning. A leopard monitoring team at Kuno found Daksha critically injured around 10.45 am. He was rushed for immediate treatment. Where the vets tried to save him but he died two hours later.
Cheetah injured during mating
According to a statement issued by the government, Daksha’s wounds suggest that she may have been injured during a mating attempt. This type of behavior is common when multiple cheetahs mate with a female cheetah. Meanwhile, it is not possible for the monitoring team to intervene, the official further said.
Leopards were rounded up
According to media reports, Daksha was kept in enclosure number one. In a recently held task force meeting, it was decided to keep Agni and Vayu with the female leopard. The mesh between the male and female leopard enclosures was removed and they began to live together.
Now 17 cheetahs remain
Let it be known that eight cheetahs were brought to India in the month of September under Project Cheetah. After which another 12 leopards were brought from South Africa in February 2023. Out of the total 20 cheetahs, three cheetahs died, now there are 17 cheetahs left. Cheetah Sasha died on March 27 due to a kidney infection. After which another six-year-old male cheetah Uday died on April 23. He succumbed to the illness within weeks of being released from the quarantine enclosure into the open. Now with the death of Daksha on May 9, a total of 3 leopards have lost their lives within a span of 43 days. A team of experts recently visited Kuno to review the project and has now handed over a detailed report on how to move forward. The project aims to rehabilitate cheetahs in India where they used to live.