KANPUR - Guddu, 26, said to be the world’s oldest living tiger in a captive environment, died on Jan 16. The Royal Bengal tiger, had been brought to the Kanpur Zoo in 2001 from Chandigarh when he was 13. “His death has come as a shock for us. We were planning to seek Guddu’s entry in theGuinness World Records, as the male tiger was said to be the oldest surviving wild cat in the world,” said a Kanpur zoo staff. “Guddu had given up food four days back. Worried over his health,
we shifted him to the zoo hospital, but he did not respond to the treatment,” he added. Veterinarians had put him on vitamins and boneless meat as he had lost all his teeth. While the average life span of a tiger varies between 14 and 16 years, Guddu lived on for over 26 years, according to records available with the zoo.