Veterinarians are racing against time to save tigers seized from Tiger Temple as criticism grows against their department, DNP
B4 looks OK, but it’s critically sick.
The mature Siberian tiger labelled as B4 has been placed under special care after it has critically shown symptoms of inbreeding-related laryngeal paralysis. Veterinarians have been providing it with medicines and enrichment in an attempt to boost its immunity against the disease. If it still failed, they would consider conducting an operation for laryngeal paralysis as a last ditch to save its life.
B4 is among a few tigers out of 31 left at Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Breeding Center under the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department (DNP), which has developed a critical condition about inbreeding-related laryngeal paralysis, in the complication of canine distemper virus.
The rest of the tigers also have reportedly developed mild to moderate symptoms of the same disease, leading to blame on the DNP, which conducted a flashlight operation of tiger confiscation at the famed Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province a few years ago that resulted in 147 Siberian tigers at the temple transferred to the centre and nearby Khao Son but then having fallen into a massive death.
Out of 85 siezed tigers placed under care at the center, 54 so far have been pronounced dead. At Khao Son, the situation is not much different; 32, out of 62, have also reportedly fallen.
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