Sahebrao, Nagpur tiger, receives artificial limbs in the world's first operation of this kind


NAGPUR: Sahebrao, a 9-year-old Nagpur tiger, is given an artificial limb during the world's first surgery of this kind. A team of doctors will perform the surgery today on Saturday to attach an artificial limb to the tiger's left paw.

The team consists of the orthopedic surgeon Shushrut Babhulkar, the veterinarian Shirish Upadhyay, medical staff from the Wildlife Research & Training Center (WRTC) at Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University (MAFSU), experts from IIT-Bombay and Dr. Peter Giannoudis from the University of Leeds.

The operation is scheduled to begin at the Gorewada Rescue Center.

Maharashtra Forest Development Corporation (FDCM) officials will be present at the center during the operation.

Sahebrao will be the first tiger in the world to get an artificial limb. It used to be made for dogs and elephants.

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Sahebrao lost his paw on April 26, 2012, in a trap set by hunters outside the Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserve in the Chandrapur district.

In the past two years, the team has worked on the project alongside experts from IIT-Bombay and abroad.