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Newborn Tiger cub dies at Chhatbir Zoo

IANS | August 10, 2023 12:06 PM

MOHALI: In an unfortunate incident, one of the two Royal Bengal tiger cubs born at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, better known as the Chhatbir Zoo, died at the neonatal care unit of the zoo's veterinary hospital.

Sharing details, zoo field director Kalpana K said the cub, delivered by eight-year-old white tigress Gauri, was three days old when the cub was observed to have been gradually rejected by the mother.

This cub was separated from its mother as per protocol and taken to the neonatal care unit unit at the zoo's veterinary, but despite best efforts, it died the next day.

This was the first tiger death at the zoo since may 2021. With the cub's death, the count of tigers at the zoo has come down to seven.

Zoo officials said the mother was exhibiting normal behaviour with the outhe cub, who was observed to be actively sucking. The zoo team is vigilantly monitoring the behaviour of the mother and the surviving cub round-the-clock.

Gauri had delivered two healthy and four stillborn cubs on August 3, markting the first instance of the zoo welcoming Royal Bengal tiger cubs since May 2021, when white tigress Diya had given birth to two cubs.

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