Two tiger cubs draw crowds to Rawalpindi park

Published: April 28, 2011

The male cub was named Rawal while the name of the female cub has been left for the public to decide. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

RAWALPINDI: Sasha, a golden tigress at the Ayub National Park in Rawalpindi, gave birth to two healthy cubs  at the park’s Jungle World nine weeks ago, attracting crowds to see the new family.

The male cub was named Rawal while the name of the female cub has been left for the public to decide. The park authorities have announced a prize for the person whose name gets approved for the female cub.

The birth of these cubs has become a major attraction for the people of Rawalpindi, as zoos in Pakistan are repeatedly accused of having lesser animals and not serving as a good attraction to the public especially children.

The Bahawalpur zoo, which is famous for its breeding of lions where 128 cubs were born between 1982 and 2010, was also recently accused of under-feeding the big cats.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 6:28PM

    wow so cute babies… for the female name: “Khaista”Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Inshallah, will try my best to pay them a welcome visit :))


  • Henna
    Apr 29, 2011 - 1:14AM

    How cute! I love them!
    Hopefully, they will be treated with love and respect. Not teased by visiters who throw things, etc. Animal experts from abroad need to come to pakistan and train the zoo staff how to keep a zoo and the animals because we are clearly terrible at it!Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 29, 2011 - 5:22AM

    Sarah – I fully support your choice for name of the female…Khaista.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 29, 2011 - 6:20AM

    Its God blessings on the tigress to have such beautiful cubs. There are so few left out in the world that Pakistan Wildlife should take special care. If possible the Pindi Zoo should associate with one of the international zoos having specialist looking after cubs. I wish the mother and the cubs a good happy long life that would give us all lots of joy.Recommend

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