Three tiger cubs born in Ranchi’s Birsa Zoo, will be kept for public viewing after 2 months
The tiger population in the Bisra zoo has risen to six following the birth of three cubs. The parents of the cubs, Mallik and Anushka had been brought from Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad in March 2016.
The cubs were born on April 6, but the zoo authority made the announcement a month later on Sunday to avoid unnecessary chaos and provide good ambience to the new-born cubs, a zoo official said.
“The tigress is showing normal maternal care patterns and the cubs are in good health,” said Sunil Kumar Gupta, zoo director. He, however, said cubs’ sexes have not been identified so far.
Gupta said a video display has been installed at the zoo for the visitors to view the cubs. “They will be kept for public viewing after two months,” he said.
This is the second incident of tigers breeding at the Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park (BBBP) since its inception in 1994. In 2011, tigress Durga had given birth to three cubs. However, all three had died within a week.
This time, the zoo authority has taken extra precautionary measures to ensure healthy atmosphere for the cubs.
“Barring the caretaker, no one is allowed to enter the cage. The cubs were kept in quarantine and their health and activities are being monitored through CCTV cameras,” said Dr Ajay Kumar, the zoo veterinarian.
Kumar said vaccination for the cubs would start after eight weeks. “The tigress is feeding all three cubs well. Mother and her cubs are healthy,” he said.
The zoo has also made some changes in Anushka’s food. “We have cut meat quantity from 10 kg to 9kg per day to avoid any digestion related problems. Glucose and electrolyte powder mixed water is being served to the tigress in the wake of rising temperature. Besides, multivitamin liquid has also been included in her diet,” Kumar said.