Excited visitors throng zoo after tiger cubs’ birth

Published: December 14, 2016
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Both cubs are healthy and feeding on their mother’s milk

Both cubs are healthy and feeding on their mother’s milk

BAHAWALPUR: People in large numbers visited Bahawalpur zoo after a tigress gave birth to two cubs some three days back.  The zoo administration said they had made special arrangements to feed the cubs and to ensure their cage’s cleanliness.

Bahawalpur Zoo Veterinary Doctor Sohail Azmat told The Express Tribune that the tigress gave birth to two beautiful cubs. “One is male and the other is female.” He added that both cubs are healthy and feeding on their mother’s milk.

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As soon as the news of the baby tigers spread, people along with children started visiting the zoo to catch a glimpse of the cubs.

While speaking to The Express Tribune, Muhammad Muaz, 12, a resident of Islami Colony said, “The cubs are beautiful and I want to take them home.” He added as soon as he heard that the tigress had given birth to the cubs, he asked his father to take him to the zoo.

Similarly, nine-year-old Muhammad Zain from Muhammadia Colony said he always wanted to see baby tigers in person and this was his dream come true. “I am very happy to see the tigers.”

A resident of Islami Colony, Tauqeer Anwar, said his sons told him about the cubs and they insisted on visiting the zoo. “Therefore, we came here to see the cubs. Both cubs are beautiful and a source of attraction for the people.” The Bahawalpur Zoo is well known in the country for breeding lions and tigers.

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Earlier in May 2016, two baby tiger cubs were born in Lahore Zoo. Hontty, the tigress, gave birth to the healthy baby tigers. The cubs attracted people from different areas and districts of Punjab.

Similarly in 2013, a Bengal tigress gave birth to four cubs in Bahawalpur zoo.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Ali S
    Dec 14, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Cages? Why are such majestic animals being kept in cages for God’s sake? They should be in large enclosures which resemble their natural environment. This outdated, archaic idea of a zoo (along with our public’s outdated attitudes) will only contribute to the animal’s poor health.Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Dec 14, 2016 - 12:08PM

    @Ali S:

    You are right. Also the animals need to be exchanged periodically between zoos to prevent inter-breeding.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Dec 14, 2016 - 1:41PM

    @Ali S:
    They are safer in cages than in forests where they can fall prey to poachers. Recommend

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