Nagpur’s 8-year-old Sahebrao became world’s first tiger to get an artificial hand on Saturday. The front left paw of the tiger was amputated after it got entangled in a steel trap, which was set by poachers in 2012. However, the tiger removed the limb with its teeth immediately after the surgery.
Dr Sushrut Babhulkar said, “He removed his artificial hand immediately as he was in a pain free state. So, he didn’t find it necessary to retain it.”
Sahebrao is now at the newly opened Gorewada Rescue Centre in the city. The tiger in 2012 got injured near a waterhole in Palasagaon forest range in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandarpur when he was just two-year-old. City’s renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr Shushrut Babhulkar along with veterinary doctor Shirish Upadhyay, medical personnel from Maharashtra Animal carried out the operation.