Tiger Mahavir died due to multiple organ failure: Post mortem report

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): The post-mortem report of Tiger Mahavir confirmed that he died due to infection and multiple organ failure, caused due to wound on his neck.

The three-year-old male tiger who was brought from Kanha Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha’s Angul district was found dead on November 14.

After the incident, a team of wildlife experts and doctors investigated the matter and doctors team conducted a post-mortem.

Regional Chief Conservator of Forest (RCCF) Sudarshan Kumar Panda said around eight to ten porcupine quills were recovered from the stomach of the tiger during post-mortem. He added that apart from porcupine quills, furs of wild boar were also found in tiger’s stool.

“As per the post-mortem report, the tiger died because of organ failure due to the wound on his neck. Around eight to ten porcupine quills were recovered from the tiger’s stomach along with traces of wild boar hair from stool samples,” Panda said.

“Some of his tissues and organs have been sent for further examination once the reports come, a final report to ascertain the exact cause behind the death can be prepared,” he added.

The post-mortem report released by the forest department read, “The ante-mortem wound in the neck region was infested with maggots and the subsequent infection had led to septicemia, resulting in multiple organ failure.”

According to a statement of the Satkosia Tiger Reserve, on November 14 at 1 pm, tiger monitoring team reported about the mortality of the male tiger. The incident occurred 500 meters from Raigoda to Nuagada forest road inside the Nuagarh reserve forest of Athagarh forest division which has been proposed to be included in SatkosiaTiger Reserve, the statement added.

The statement further stated that on Prima facie investigation of the carcass, “a deep lacerated and five-day-old maggotted infected wound was observed in the dorsal neck region of the tiger which may be the cause of the mortality”.