Veterinarians in central India carried out a blood transfusion on a 7-month old wild tiger that had been beaten by angry villagers. The blood for the female tiger was forcefully donated by captive adults in a zoo.
The reason for all the hubbub is that India’s wild tiger population is on the decline. 100,000 a hundred years ago to 3,600 six years ago and just 1,500 or so now. Chinese kill them for medicine taken from body parts and others just want a tiger rug. Villagers attempted to kill the young tiger out of fear.
A problem faced in India is blood grouping for the animals. And this tiger, nicknamed Juhi could not share her blood type. The cub is still in serious condition.
Let’s hope the tiger makes it and stays away from other such villages, eh?