Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm baby tiger dies
Friday, August 21, 2009, 10:00
The baby tiger born at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall has died.
Anthony Bush, the owner of the zoo, said he was very sad to announce the death of their baby tiger, Tumkur.
It comes soon after the tiger cub’s mother Tira also died.
Mr Bush said three keepers had worked around the clock to try to save the cub, after its mother, who was dying of an incurable cat disease Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), abandoned it soon after giving birth on July 29.
But the baby Bengal tiger died at 4am this morning.
He said: “The chances of its survival were always very small, but with the sort of dedication shown by only the best zoo keepers they decided to do what they could.
“There were many ups and downs of concern during the three short weeks of little Tumkur’s life, when medical aid was provided several times in the night.
“He seemed to be doing better.”
The zoo said the cub was drinking normally yesterday. But by 2am this morning he was losing his appetite, and he died at 4am.
Tumkur’s body will be sent for post mortem to identify exactly what caused his death.
Anthony Bush said he wanted acknowledge the dedication of the keepers Chris Wilkinson, Mark Walters and Will Bradbury.
Bengal tiger Tira arrived at the zoo in June with another female, Kushjka.