Jan 20, 2014
Tiger Guddu died at an age of 26 years and six months. The zoo administration will apply for registration of its age in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records. According to the zoo administration, the Royal Bengal tiger had set a record of its age. He was the oldest living tiger in the country. The zoo authorities have claimed that according to the available data, Guddu could be the oldest big cat in the world, who lived for over 26 years. On Monday, the Kanpur zoo authorities will initiate the procedure of applying in the Guinness and Limca Book of Records. “This is how we can pay tributes to Guddu, who was pride of the Kanpur zoo. He had lived for 26 years and six months and this is itself a record. We have not come across any other tiger living for so long,” said RK Singh, zoo veterinarian. On Monday, the zoo authorities will initiate the procedure of applying in the Limca Book of Records and will then go for Guinness Book of World Records. Guddu was brought to Kanpur zoo from Chandigarh on July 13, 2000. At that time, the tiger was 13 years old. At the time of death, Guddu was 26 years, six months and three days old. On April 6, 2001, Guddu was transferred to Lucknow zoo. On October 16, 2008, the big cat was sent back to Kanpur zoo. Guddu had lost all its teeth with growing age. This animal had trouble in having meals. Around 10 kgs of boneless meat used to be served to this big cat. On January 9 this year, Guddu had stopped taking meals after which it had been put under medical supervision of zoo veterinarians. But after a week of the treatment, Guddu died due to cardio-respiratory failure. After autopsy, Guddu was cremated in the presence of the zoo staff. For Guddu’s keepers Sahab Lal and Uday Bhan Singh, the big cat was a part of their own family. They said that Guddu used to respond to their calls. It is a big loss for these two men.
As posted in Toi