Odisha orders probe into five tiger cubs’ deathNovember 21st, 2011 - 11:14 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 (IANS) The Odisha government Monday ordered a probe to find out if the death of five tiger cubs’ in a zoo here Nov 18 was due to the negligence of the staff, an official said.
The cubs, including one of A white tiger, were found dead three days after they were born at Nandankanan zoo located on the outskirts of capital city Bhubaneswar.
Zoo officials claimed the cubs died because of their “mother’s neglect”. A post-mortem carried out by veterinary doctors revealed that the three had no food in their stomachs and the intestines of two of them had ruptured.
Forest department’ Special Secretary B.P. Singh said the warden had also been asked if there was any violation of the Central Zoo Authority guidelines. “We have asked for more detailed investigation,” Singh told reporters.
The zoo is spread over 425 hectares. It houses over 1,200 wild animals and offers a white tiger safari, the first of its kind in the world. The population of tigers in the zoo is 24, out of which 10 are white.
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