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22 days on, elusive African cheetah Nirva found in wild in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park

New Delhi, August 13

Missing Nirva — the last African cheetah in the wild in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park — has been found and shifted to a boma (an animal enclosure) for further health checkup on Sunday morning.

The cheetah had been untraceable for the past 22 days after her radio collar stopped functioning on July 21. The cheetah is healthy and has been kept inside a boma for further examination.

National park officials said on August 12, they had received cheetah’s last location — up to August 11 evening — via satellite.

Search teams were immediately sent to the coordinates. With the help of a drone team and dog squad, the veterinary team finally traced Nirva in the evening, but could not capture her,” the official statement said, adding the cheetah looked healthy.

“As it was getting dark, they decided to restart the operation the following morning. Drone teams were tasked with keeping track of Nirva’s location throughout the night, which they successfully performed. The following morning (August 13), a search operation started at 4 am from the location provided by the drone teams,” stated the statement of the national park.

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