CHATTOGRAM: Two tigresses gave birth to five cubs at Chattogram Zoo recently and three of them survived.
With this, the number of tigers stood at nine at the zoo, said sources.Zoo Physician and Deputy Curator Dr Md Shahadat Hossain Suvo said tiger couple Raj and Pori produced three cubs weighing around 900 gram to 950 grams.
They are in good conditions, he said. On the other hand, Joya, offspring of Raj-Pari, gave birth to two cubs who died after one day, said the physician.
The cubs died after being deprived of breastfeeding and the natural care of their mother Joya, he said.
Earlier, Joya also gave birth to three cubs last year --- two died within four days of birth. Another cub named Joe Biden survived under the care of the Zoo authority as Joya neglected the cubs after birth.
Two 11 and nine-month-old tiger and tigress were brought for the Zoo from South Africa at a cost of Tk 33 lakh on December 9 in 2016. They were named Raj and Pori.
The tiger couple produced three cubs including two rare white cubs (albino). One of them died after one day of birth in 2018. Pori also gave birth to two cubs in 2019 and one of them died after birth.However, the lone white tigress Shubhra, sister of Joya, is also pregnant and the zoo officials are waiting to welcome new cubs at the zoo in August.
The Chattogram Zoo was established by the Chattogram district administration on February 2 in 1989 on 10 acres of land in the city’s Foy’s Lake area to ensure entertainment and research on animals.
There are now some 620 animals and birds of 66 species at the zoo for display. The zoo now remains closed for visitors for the corona pandemic.
The existing animals include lioness, tigers, crocodile, deer, bear, python, peafowl, cock, vulture, tortoise, turtle, heron, kite, eagle, egret, greater adjutant, monkeys and some other common animals and birds.