Tigress kills her cubs in Orissa’s Nandankanan zoo

January 7th, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Jan 7 (IANS) Two rare white tiger cubs were killed by their mother in Orissa’s Nandankanan zoo, an official said Wednesday.The two-day-old cubs were found dead by zoo veterinarians Tuesday.

“It was their mother who killed the cubs. Either it was an accident or she killed the cubs deliberately,” a senior official of the zoo told IANS.

He said one of the cubs bore injuries on its tail while the other’s nose was bleeding.

In 2007 also, the 13-year-old tigress gave birth to two cubs and killed them.

After the death of the cubs, the population of tigers in the zoo has come down to 28, of which 11 are white. These include one white cub and three normal coloured cubs.

“Other cubs are in good health and their mothers are caring,” the official said.

Nandankanan zoo is located in Khurdha district, 20 km from here, and spread over an area of 425 hectares.

It houses over 1,200 wild animals and offers a white tiger safari, first of its kind in the world.

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