Barang: An ailing 16-year-old male leopard named Suraj died at Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in Bhubaneswar at around 11 pm on Tuesday night.
According to sources, the leopard was undergoing treatment for blood protozoan infection Babesiosis, a tick-borne disease since last one and half month. The animal was responding with improvement in appetite and diarrhoea subsided.
The leopard suddenly became sick with respiratory distress which might be due internal bleeding yesterday afternoon and died at around 11 pm last night.
The exact cause of death will be ascertained after the post-mortem report arrives, sources added.
It was rescued from Bhanjanagar in July 2004 at the age of 3-4 months and reared at Nandankanan. After the death of this Leopard, Nandankanan has 3 Male and 2 Female Leopard in stock now. The average life span of a Leopard is 12 to 17 years.