No foul play in death of tigers, lions: Karnataka govt

The Karnataka government today said no foul play was suspected in the death of tiger and lions at the Bannerghatta Botanical park recently.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 23:48 PM IST

Bangalore: The Karnataka government
today said no foul play was suspected in the death of tiger
and lions at the Bannerghatta Botanical park recently.

Two lions and a tiger died due to old age and another
tiger fell victim to infection, Home Minister V S Acharya, who
held a meeting with officials concerned in the wake of
allegations of neglect on the death by animal lovers and
public, told reporters here.

Another tiger suffering from infection was under
treatment, he said.

Acharya said a team of veterinary doctors have been
deployed into the park, which houses 1,300 animals including
herbivores and carnivores.

Authorities have been asked to ensure clean
environment, good drinking water and food to the animals,
Acharya said.

He said since January, 16 animals have died including
lions and tigers.

An official of the park said they procure 1300 kg of
beef daily to feed animals currently and its quality was
certified from a veterinarian.

Acharya and Law Minister S Suresh Kumar said the
government would think of future plans on feeding animals
with other forms of meat in the event of the cow slaughter ban
bill getting the Presidential assent.

PTI