Rescued sloth bears named after MS Dhoni, Mithali Raj

This World Cup season, it is not just people who are naming their newborns after cricketers.

Published: 13th July 2019 06:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2019 07:02 PM   |  A+A-

MS Dhoni, Mithali Raj

Bears Mahi and Mithali are housed at Bannerghatta Wildlife SOS Centre

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: This World Cup season, it is not just people who are naming their newborns after cricketers. Zookeepers have also joined the trend by naming the animals after their favourite players.

Two sloth bear siblings, who were rescued from a well in Tumakuru after 48 hours, have been named Mahi and Mithali in honour of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mithali Raj. They are now housed at Bannerghatta Wildlife SOS Centre.

The Indian men’s cricket team skipper seems to be the most popular of all cricketers among the zookeepers here, as the Centre is already home to another animal named Dhoni, who was rescued in 2005.

Mahi and Mithali were brought to the Centre a year back, and were recuperating in the intensive care unit because of their poor health. After they fell in the open dry well, their mother had succumbed to her injuries. The well was located on a private agricultural field bordering the forest. Since then, Mahi and Mithali have been under the care of bear Ankita, their foster mother.

Apart from Mahi and Mithali, the Centre is also home to Julia. Impressed by Julia Roberts from Pretty Women, the animal keeper had named its bear Julia. Another sloth bear, who was rescued at the time when famous Bollywood movie- Gajani was released, has also been named after the movie.

Interestingly, both Mahi and Mithali respond to their names when called by animal keepers.

Staffers said that they have kept up to their names, and have shown zeal to rise above their ailments. They have also displayed exemplary courage.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp