World’s oldest Royal Bengal Tiger dies
The Sundarbans National Park is a large coastal mangrove forest shared by India and Bangladesh. The area is home to the royal Bengal tiger and other endangered species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Ganges river dolphin. Boats from the city of Khulna sail south along the river to the quiet mangrove beach at Kotka. Here, a watchtower offers a view of the forest and its birds and animals.
Raja ruled in Sundarbans National Park. In 2008, Raja was attacked by a crocodile while swimming, who ate his rear left leg. Since then he walked on a prosthetic leg. Raja’s birthday was on August 24 but unfortunately, he died of old age problems at 25 years and 10 months of age. Forest officials formed a relationship with Raja in the last 14 years. His death was sad, in the last few days, he stopped eating anything.
He was like a child. He seemed to understand everything.
Debal Roy, Chief Wildlife Warden (the sad guy on left, spent the most time with him). Rest in peace Raja.
Raja, the oldest captive Royal Bengal tiger in West Bengal, died at his hideout in Jaldapara forest in Alipurduar district, officials said on Monday.
Raja had not shown any signs of serious illness in recent times and veterinarians diagnosed the cause of his death as age-related problems that can occur suddenly, Chief Wildlife Warden Debal Roy told PTI.
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