The number of tigers at the zoo now stands at 10

Delighted zookeepers at the Chittagong Zoo on Thursday announced the birth of another rare white tiger cub.

The cub, born to Bengal tigers Raj and Shuvra, on August 26 has not been named yet and its gender is also yet to be announced.

Dr Shahadat Hossain Suvo, Chittagong Zoo’s acting curator and veterinary surgeon, told Dhaka Tribune that the tiger cub was now doing well.

He said: “The problem with captive breeding is that often the tigresses deprive their cubs of breastfeeding. In such a situation, it becomes very difficult to save the cub.

“Earlier, we had a similar experience after the birth of tiger cub ‘Joe Biden’. This experience has been largely useful to us in reducing the mortality rate of tigers.”

“The newborn cub is currently being given 75mm of goat’s milk six times a day and it will remain under the supervision of a curator for six months before it is placed in a cage,” he added.

White tigers are Bengal tigers whose parents carry a recessive gene, according to The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota, which helps and studies felines. They are not albinos or a separate species.

In December 2016, a pair of Bengal Tigers were brought from South Africa to the zoo at a cost of Tk33 lakh. They were named Raj and Pori. Now, the number of tigers at the zoo stands at 10.

The Chittagong Zoo was established by the district administration on February 2, 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 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.

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