Churumuri records with a heavy heart and moist eyes the passing away of Rajan, the stunning white male tiger at the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore last evening. Rajan, who was brought from the Nandan Kanan zoo in Orissa ten years ago, was suffering from complications in the spinal cord and had been under treatment since January 2004. But the end came at 6.10 pm due to self-mutilation of the hind limb above an old wound.
Rajan—big, brilliant and beautiful—who breathed the air we breathe and drank the water we drink, was a great advertisement for animals, but he was an even greater advertisement for human beings. Two years ago, when his spinal cord compression first showed up he had been wheeled into the super-speciality Vikram hospital in Yadavagiri for a scan. A real CAT scan, if you will. Take that, zoo-haters.
Rajan survived the surgeon’s scalpel but not his own teeth in the end. Rest in Peace, Rajan, you brought more people to your adopted City than most pudaris and babus moving around with a “master plan”.
PHOTOS COURTESY: M.A. SREERAM, The Hindu; SAGGERE RAMASWAMY, Karnataka Photo News