Circus tiger gives birth to 3 cubs while on tour

Associated Press
Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:37 PM EDT

JAKARTA, INDONESIA — A Bengal tiger has given birth to three cubs while on a circus tour of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, a media report said Saturday.

The 15-year-old mother, Rani, from Taman Safari Indonesia, a zoological garden in West Java’s mountainous region of Puncak, gave birth to two males and one female in her cage Friday morning, the official Antara news agency said.

It quoted Suyadi, Rani’s keeper, as saying the three newborn cubs were in a good condition even though their mother refused to nurse them.

“I had to bring the cubs to a veterinary clinic because their mother does not care for them,” said Suyadi, who uses a single name.

Officials at Taman Safari could not be immediately reached for comment.

The report identified Rani as a “rare Bengal tiger from India.”

Bengal tigers are found in the wild in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar, but conservationists consider them an endangered species.

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