Guwahati: An endangered black panther was found dead in a Namtola tea garden in Assam’s Charaideo district. The forest officials claimed that the death was due to old age.

Speaking exclusively to the EastMojo, Deben Kalita, Divisional Forest Officer, Sivsagar region said, “ According to the post mortem report the death was natural and due to old age. Necessary protocol has been followed in disposing of the dead black-panther”.

He added the dead panther was 180 centimetres long.

The official explained that such species are endangered and normally prey on domesticated animals.

It needs to be mentioned that the transfer of two black panthers from Assam State Zoo in Guwahati to Reliance-owned Greens Zoological Rescue and the Rehabilitation Kingdom at Jamnagar in Gujarat had triggered a controversy ahead of Assembly elections slated in April 2021.

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