Jaguar sent home for being 'too fat' to mate

Salman has shown little interest in mating with Kalpana, a female jaguar.
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Salman has shown little interest in mating with Kalpana, a female jaguar.

He was sent to a zoo in Delhi on a breeding loan but it seems Salman the jaguar is more interested in meals than mating.

As a result, the 12-year-old jaguar is now heading home.

Zoo keepers say Salman, who was borrowed from a zoo in Kerala, has shown little interest in Kalpana, their female jaguar.

"The female is seen trying to entice him but he lies in a corner and refuses to respond," Delhi zoo curator Riaz Khan told the Indian Express.

"He is too fat to breed."

According to the paper, all four jaguars in Delhi's zoo are given approximately 6 kg of buffalo meat daily.

Zoo staff made efforts to curb Salman's weight by putting him on a strict diet and releasing him into a larger enclosure to encourage more exercise, but they have been unable to win this battle of the bulge.

"He is lazy, a glutton, just loves to eat and relax," they said.

Yet some zoo officials are defending the big cat, saying two male jaguars at the Delhi zoo have also failed to give Kalpana a cub.

They also point out that trauma caused by the relocation may be a factor in Salman's lethargy.

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