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Ranthambore’s Pride Ustaad, Tiger T-24 Got Bone Cancer, May Have to Cut Off A Leg

T-24 Tiger, also known as “Ustad,” formerly the pride of Ranthambore, is presently suffering from osteosarcoma bone cancer. He is experiencing pain in his leg as a result of the bone in his back right leg growing parallel to the bone that is already there. Local physicians are unable to treat it.

The Tiger T-24, which was transported to Udaipur from the Ranthambore sanctuary seven years ago, is now eighteen. He is currently experiencing trouble walking at this age as a result of bone cancer. However, the good news is, his food intake remains the same as before.

What can be done to treat his bone cancer?

Ustad Tiger Ranthambore

According to the veterinarians caring for Tiger T-24, the condition can be treated by amputating the organ that has bone cancer. In this case, he might need to have one of his legs amputated, but after that, his other type of trouble could get worse. A board of four physicians, according to doctor Hans Kumar Jain, has been established for the treatment of T-24. This also includes Dr. Arvind Mathur from Jaipur.

T-24 was truncated and given an X-ray in front of the medical board, and it was discovered that he had bone cancer. Regarding his treatment, no decision has yet been made. Board members worry that because he is currently eating and drinking normally, his suffering may get worse following the operation. The India Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly has now been consulted for advice regarding his care.

Previously, T-24 or Ustad has also been ill and the situation has gotten worse. The tiger once suffered from a gastrointestinal condition. A doctor was brought from outside the state to treat him since he was unable to digest food properly.

Why was T-24 transported to Udaipur and where?

T-24 Ustad Tiger Ranthambre

Tiger T-24, who used to live in the open in Ranthambore Sanctuary in Sawai Madhopur district, was once the pride of the forest. On May 7, 2015, he was transported to Udaipur for the first time. Since then, he has been residing in Sajjangarh’s Biological Park. In Ranthambore, Tiger T-24 turned into an assailant and attacked four humans, one of whom was a forest worker. Then, he was taken to Udaipur. Animal lovers also protested and knocked on the court to have him returned to Ranthambore, but he was kept there.

According to the Forest Department’s records, Tiger-24 or Ustad was born in 2005 to Ranthambore’s Tigers 20 (Jhumru) and 22 (Gayatri). Tiger-39 (Noor) was his companion. For nine to ten years, the tiger resided at Ranthambore, where visitors only came to see him. People used to go especially to see this tiger because it was so stunning when it was on display. It frequently appeared alongside Tigress Noor. One could hear its roar from miles away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Ustad and what happened to him?

T-24 Tiger, who is also known as "Ustad," formerly the pride of Ranthambore, is presently suffering from osteosarcoma bone cancer. Ustad was born in 2005 to Ranthambore's Tigers 20 (Jhumru) and 22 (Gayatri).

Why was Ustad sent to Udaipur from Ranthambore seven years ago?

Tiger T-24 turned into an assailant and attacked four humans, one of whom was a forest worker. On May 7, 2015, he was transported to Udaipur for the first time. Since then, he has been residing in Sajjangarh's Biological Park.

What can be done to treat his bone cancer in his back right leg?

According to the veterinarians caring for Tiger T-24, the condition can be treated by amputating the organ that has bone cancer. In this case, he might need to have one of his legs amputated, but after that, his other type of trouble could get worse.

Published: 14 Oct, 2022

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Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.