16 July, Guwahati
The oldest living tiger in captivity, Swati, died of old age at the Assam state zoo here Sunday.
The tigress was 21 years old.
Zoo authorities said Swati was born in 1997 at a Mysore zoo and brought to Guwahati in 2005.
“She was not keeping well for some time. She died at around 0200 hours this morning,” the officials said.
The average life span of a tiger varies between 14 to 16 years and crossing twenty is only in exceptional cases.
Prior to Swati, a 26-year-old tiger, Guddu, had died at the Kanpur zoo in Uttar Pradesh in January 2014.