Lonely tigress waits for a mate
Rubina Khan Shapoo
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (Bhopal)
Bhopal Van Vihar has been identified by the Central Zoo Authority for breeding of tigers. But ironically, for the past one year, thirteen young tigress are waiting for their right mate.
Five-year-old Sara is looking for a mate. So is Shweta, but all she can see are people who hardly interest her.
Sita is also roaming about waiting for Mr right. For the past year, 13 tigresses in Bhopal’s van vihar have been waiting for a partner.
The Lonely Hearts Club started after Naresh, the only surviving male in Van Vihar was shifted to the Delhi zoo. Two other tigers Gautham and Karan died of illness, which leaves only one more tiger Sagar but he cannot enjoy the company of so many women.
Sagar was rescued from a circus in Chhattisgarh and the Supreme Court says no rescued animal can be displayed or used for breeding.
”Seven tigress of breeding age are of wild origin. These are the best stock for breeding, so we need to have male animals of productive age, preferably of wild origin,” said J S Chouhan , Director, Bhopal Van Vihar.
Talks are on with zoos in Assam and Andhra Pradesh but who knows how long the tigresses will have to wait for a suitable boy?
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