NAGPUR: In what could be a first anywhere in the world, a top orthopaedic surgeon and leading veterinary doctors of the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University (MAFSU) have come together to implant a prosthetic limb on a male tiger whose paw was amputated in 2012 after it got caught in a steel trap laid by poachers outside Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
“The procedure has been done for dogs and elephants around the world but not for tigers,” said orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sushrut Babhulkar, who “adopted” the eight-year-old tiger, Sahebrao, currently living at the Gorewada Rescue Centre in the city.
Pained to see the limping big cat, which weighs 200kg and is perhaps the largest tiger in the country, Dr Babhulkar said he would procure an artificial limb from AO Foundation in Germany, which has expertise in …