Begum, a 30-year-old lioness, also claimed to be the country’s oldest in captivity, died in the Nahargarh Biological Park on Monday. “The lioness had stopped eating for the past two days due to old age. Usually, wildcats live a maximum of 18 years in captivity,” an official said.
Authorities said she was rescued from a Jharkhand circus in 2005 when she was 15 years old. She was also being treated for paralysis for some time. She was cremated on Monday after a medical board was formed, as per protocol.
Officials said 56 wild cats were brought to Jaipur after a ban was imposed in 2002 on the circus. Begum was the last surviving lioness who was rescued. As per earlier records, 28-year-old lion Ramu had died at Bhopal’s Van Vihar National Park in 2016.