Guwahati: A 5-year-old cheetah, identified as Sasha, died due to suspected renal failure on Monday, officials said.
Sasha was brought to India in the first batch of cheetahs from Namibia.
As per sources, Sasha had shown signs of fatigue and weakness during a daily monitoring check and a medical examination revealed that she was dehydrated and had kidney-related problems.
A blood test revealed that her creatinine levels were very high, which indicated an infection in the kidney. The other cheetahs in the park are healthy, officials said.
Sasha, who was part of the first batch of cheetahs flown into Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, was one of five female cheetahs flown in from Namibia last year as part of an ambitious reintroduction programme.
The cheetah was released in Kuno by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17.
Last week, two more cheetahs, Elton and Freddie, were released into the wild in Madhya Pradesh. With that, four of the eight cheetahs brought from Namibia have been released into the wild in the park in the Sheopur district.