3 new tiger cubs in Vizag zoo
20 Apr 2009, 0643 hrs IST, TNN
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VISAKHAPATNAM: A four-year-old white tigress gave birth to three cubs, leaving the authorities at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Vizag grinning from ear to ear.
The news was out recently though the cubs were born last Sunday. Since tigers are solitary animals and like to be left alone especially when they are breeding, the zoo authorities took painstaking efforts to ensure that the tigress, Kumari, was left undisturbed during her pregnancy. "Not a single visitor was allowed near her enclosure for nearly 45 days," a zoo official said.
Kumari, which arrived here two years ago and her companion seven-year-old Sirish, another white tiger, were brought from the National Zoological Park of Hyderabad.
It would take several days for the cubs to come out in the open. Rahul Pandey, curator of the park, told TOI that they have covered the enclosure with wet gunny bags to protect the cubs from the searing heat.