With just five days to go before the clearance lapses, the Indore zoo’s plans to import a white tiger from Bhilai appear to be under a cloud.
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) gave the nod for importing the white tiger from Bhilai under its animal exchange programme. In return, Indore zoo would provide two pairs of parrots as well as a pair of jackals, peacocks and tortoise.
The Authority’s nod for the proposed exchange will lapse on November 30. But although less than a week is left, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is yet to initiate any step for bringing the big cat.
The proposal to import the white tiger was prompted by the zoo’s male tiger population which is largely ageing and infirm. The arrival of a young white tiger would increase the chances of birth of similar-coloured cubs at the zoo, which currently houses three white tigresses.
When contacted, veterinarian and zoo in-charge Dr Uttam Yadav, however, said that the IMC would not allow the chance to import the tiger pass it by.
“A team will leave for Bhilai either tomorrow or day after, depending on the availability of vehicle from the workshop,” he told Hindustan Times.
Indore has imported several animals from zoological parks across the country under the CZA’s auspices. The last instance was when B1, a man-eating yellow tiger, was brought from Bhopal and mated with Shivani, a white tigress housed at the zoo. The union produced four cubs only one of whom survived.
The other three cubs, claimed zoo officials, died due to “improper handling” by the mother who dug her teeth into the flesh while picking and carrying them from one place to another.