Wildlife: Puma cubs doing well at Lahore Zoo

The cubs, who were born a couple of days ago, are with their mother at present, the zoo director said.


Our Correspondent July 22, 2013
Suzi, the elephant, one of the many animals found in the Lahore zoo. PHOTO: TARIQ HASAN, ABID NAWAZ AND SHAHBAZ MALIK/EXPRESS

LAHORE:


Two puma cubs born at the Lahore Zoo are in good health and will be put on display in a few days, Zoo Director Anwar Maan said on Sunday.


The cubs, who were born a couple of days ago, are with their mother at present, the zoo director said.

Maan said it was standard practice to leave the cub with the mother for a while after birth.

If the children of carnivorous animals like the puma are removed immediately after birth, there is a risk that they will later be rejected by the mother and maybe even eaten, he said.

Maan said that over the last week, the zoo had also had a couple of other deliveries.

A hog deer had given birth to a litter of fawn.

Some cranes had also been born, he said. Rather than put them in a pond, the young cranes were for the moment being kept in the aviary, where they were a big attraction for children in particular, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2013.

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