Another tiger cub dies at zoo

Another tiger cub dies at zoo

TNN 16 November 2009, 06:12am IST

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LUCKNOW: City zoo has lost another tiger cub. The Royal Bengal tigress Ipshita had given birth to four cubs, one of them an albino, between November 8 and 9. While the albino cub had recovered at the zoo hospital, its another sibling, a normal looking one, died on Sunday morning. “We saw it lying in a corner of the enclosure where it was sheltered with its mother,” said zoo director Renu Singh. Earlier, a tiger cub had died on Tuesday.

As a precautionary move, zoo doctors have now moved the second surviving cub to the hospital as well. “Probably Ipshita is not able to take care of its cubs and we do not want to take any chances now”, said Singh. Both the surviving cubs will now be hand-reared and fed with the goat’s diluted milk. The cub which died on Sunday looked very weak and zoo authorities believe that Ipshita is not in a position to meet the feed-demands of her cubs. “She, though, is a normal adult tigress and is being given calcium and multi vitamins,” added the director. Both the surviving cubs are now under 24 hours medical observation. It was after a long gap of 14 years that the zoo got the newborn Royal Bengal tiger cubs but it seems the joyous celebrations went in the air early.

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