Nandankanan Zoo’s ‘Litter of Joy’ has a Melanistic Cub

Published: 29th July 2014 08:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2014 08:42 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The Nandankanan Zoo had its ‘litter of joy’ as a five-year-old white tigress ‘Sneha’ gave birth to four cubs on Sunday night.

What is more interesting is that one of the cubs appears ‘melanistic’.

Melanistic tigers are popularly called ‘black tigers’ given the high presence of dark pigmentation in their skin which gives them black-like appearance.

While melanistic tigers are rare, camera traps installed at Similipal Tiger Reserve had captured picture of one such adult cat last year. This is the first batch of tiger cubs after January 2012 when Sara had given birth to three cubs, all of which were kept off-exhibit and under CCTV surveillance to prevent human imprinting. The current litter too has been put on CCTV surveillance, Director, Nandankanan Zoo Sudarshan Panda said.

“The cubs are under their mother’s care and we are keeping a round the clock watch on them because Sneha is a first time mother,” he said. 


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