Death of tiger cub at Chester Zoo

CHESTER Zoo staff have expressed their sadness following the death of
their new-born tiger cub.

The 11-day old cub was found dead in its enclosure yesterday morning
(Wednesday, June 29).

A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death of
the cub, who was born to Kirana on Saturday June 18 after a five-hour

A spokesperson said: “Kirana was a first-time mum and her behaviour
with the cub over the last few days gives us great hope for the

“We are sure you will join us in offering our sympathies to the
carnivore team at this time.”

Zoo supporters have been posting messages of condolence on the zoo’s
new Facebook site.

The baby Sumatran tiger was the zoo’s first tiger cub in more than two decades.

The cub’s father was four-year-old Fabi and this was also his first cub.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of their species and are native to
the Indonesian islands of Sumatra but are critically endangered in the
wild. A pregnancy usually lasts around 105 days.

Jun 29 2011

by Jo Henwood, Chester Chronicle…

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