Though a vein of her forelimb had been torn and the wound had become infected, veterinary surgeons managed to save the left foreleg of Pashuri, the rescued tigress from the Sundarbans.
A group of doctors led by Professor Mizanur Rahman of Mymensingh Agricultural University (BAU) conducted the two-hour long surgery at the animal hospital of the Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur yesterday afternoon.
“The surgeons have removed the rope and cleaned the pus from her wound. The good news is her limb is saved and hopefully she will recover in two weeks,” said Dr Tapan Kumar Dey, forest conservator at wildlife and nature conservation circle under the Department of Forest.
Besides the eight-member BAU team, Dr Nizam Uddin, surgeon of the animal hospital, also took part in the operation.
The trap's twine had dug deep and infected the flesh, and a vein was torn, said Shib Prasad, officer-in-charge of the Safari Park.
However, the surgeons were able to fix the severed vein during the operation that ended at 7:30pm, he said.
Pashuri sustained the wound in a hunting trap. Later, she was noticed by a tourist on January 27 in Lawdope village of Chandpai range in the Sundarbans. The forest department managed to cage her on Friday afternoon and brought her to the park on Saturday.