Sanjay Gandhi National Park tiger ‘Yash’ dies of cancer

'Yash', who used to be the main attraction for tourists visiting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, breathed his last at 5:45 pm on May 28

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12-year-old Royal Bengal tiger Yash, who was a tourist attraction at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, breathed his last on May 28 at 5:45 pm. The tiger died after being diagnosed from an extremely rare type of cancer.

Yash was born at the SGNP in 2008 to tigress Basanti and tiger Palash. Earlier, the authorities had brought tigresses 'Bijli' and 'Mastani' from Pench in Madhya Pradesh for mating them with 'Yash' and another tiger 'Anand'.

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As per the officials from the national park, Yash was diagnosed with embryonal type cancer, 'rhabdomyosarcoma', as reported by pathologists from the Bombay Veterinary College. After which, Yash was operated twice for a growth on his face in the last one year.

But during the post-operative treatment, Yash had lost a considerable amount of weight. 

The officials stated that Yash had succumbed to the ailment-related complications like the loss of body condition and multi-organ failure, the official explained.

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