Chhatbir zoo gets a new member, a mixed-breed tiger cub
Express News Service
Posted: Monday , Apr 05, 2010 at 0355 hrs
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Making the tiger-breeding programme a success after a period of three years, a mixed-breed cub was born at the Chhatbir Zoological Park.
The gender of a one-day-old baby tiger has not yet been ascertained as its mother, a seven-year-old yellow tigress, has not yet fully removed the placenta from the baby’s body, which visibly lacks white genes. Fathered by a four-year-old white Royal Bengal tiger Lucky, the new cub was born on wee hours of Saturday.
The newborn cub’s mother Chorni has accepted her baby and began feeding it. The zoo officials have heaved a sigh of relief and are quite optimistic of its survival. Last year, the same tigress had conceived but had a miscarriage.
No one, except a zookeeper, is allowed to enter the enclosure to avoid any irritation to the mother. Even the father was kept out of the den, said zoo Field Director Tushar Kanti Behra. The mother and the cub are being closely observed and monitored by doctors and it might take about 10-15 days to determine the gender of the newborn, who has been kept in ICU to avoid any kind of infection, he said.
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