Third white Bengal tiger cub born into Lagoon family
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By Bryon Saxton
Last updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 10:14pm
FARMINGTON — A third white Bengal tiger cub has been born in captivity at the Lagoon amusement park zoo.
“Yes, there is a third tiger cub,” Lagoon Vice President of Marketing Dick Andrew confirmed this week.
The tiger cub is healthy, Andrew said, but the animal has been turned over to the park veterinarian to be taken care of.
“That is standard procedure,” Andrew said.
The female white Bengal tiger cub, name unknown, is the third cub born at the Lagoon amusement park within the last several months. The three tiger cubs are all the offspring of two mature white Bengal tigers the park purchased in 2009.
Two tiger cubs, Titan and Athena, were born at the park Sept. 11, 2010. Those cubs were turned over to Kaysville veterinarian Clayne White, who took the cubs into his home and cared for them for 15 weeks.
Those two cubs were returned to the park Dec. 27, 2010, White said.
Tigers have a 14-week to 15-week gestation period, according to ThinkQuest.org.
Lagoon officials have yet to determine how it will present the tiger cubs, but the park has provided Titan and Athena with a separate enclosure away from their mother and father.
The park initially purchased two mature white Bengal tigers in 2009, said a Lagoon animal manager who declined to be identified.
The tigers are part of the Farmington amusement park’s small, 70-animal zoo, which is part of the Wild Kingdom Train Ride.