No white tiger cubs left at Lahore Zoo as final two die of illness

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Two white tiger cubs take a look at the digital camera for a photograph. AFP/Fred Dufour/Files

LAHORE: The Lahore Zoo has no white tiger cubs anymore because the final two have died of illness, coupled with the alleged negligence of the power’s authorities, Geo News reported on Thursday, in what turns into the most recent case of reported maltreatment of animals in Pakistani zoos.

Lahore Zoo Director Chaudhry Shafqat mentioned each cubs have been three months previous and had been sick for the previous two months.

Three months in the past, the feminine white tiger had given start to a few cubs, one in all which had died immediately as a consequence of weak spot, Shafqat defined.

“The remaining two cubs were sick for the past two months and died today,” he added.

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The two three-month-old white tiger cubs that died at Lahore Zoo in Lahore, Pakistan, February 4, 2021. Geo News/by way of The News

The Lahore Zoo director claimed that their mom was not caring for them.

Pakistan’s zoo animals have lengthy been a subject of debate for activists and advocates who’ve repeatedly highlighted poor circumstances in such amenities.


Late final 12 months, Kaavan — previously the world’s “loneliest elephant” — was shifted to a brand new home on the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province after years of activists, together with pop singer Cher, campaigning for his freedom.

The poor animal had been stored in chains at Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo, exhibiting signs of psychological sickness. A medical examination previous to his move to Cambodia indicated that animal’s nails have been cracked and overgrown as a consequence of years of living in an improper enclosure with flooring that broken his ft.

Kaavan’s illness and loneliness had prompted world outrage over his therapy and a petition demanding his launch garnered over 400,000 signatures. He was moved to the Cambodian sanctuary with a lot applause throughout Pakistan and made contact with one other of his species after eight lengthy years.

Multiple animals useless at Marghazar Zoo

Prior to that, in July 2020, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) heard that quite a few animals had died of negligence and different preventable causes on the Marghazar Zoo.

The lioness there had died earlier the identical day and the lion was nearing loss of life, with sources informing Geo News that the deceased animal had sustained accidents because of the workers’s mismanagement throughout its switch from Marghazar Zoo to Lahore.

A video obtained by Geo News confirmed mismanagement on the zoo whereas the lion was being taken out of its cage. According to the clip, zoo workers set hearth within the cage and used sticks to scare off the animal however it bought frightened and confused as an alternative.

Sources had additional underlined how a number of animals — together with deer, birds, three Belgian Blue cows, in addition to an ostrich — have been injured throughout transfers.

‘Our heads ought to cling in disgrace’

Zoo officers had admitted that six deer died throughout transfers; these included two noticed deer, two elks, and one Indian gazelle. They had acknowledged {that a} Belgian Blue cow, in addition to a lion, lioness, and ostrich every had additionally died.

Officials had mentioned on the time the ostrich had died as a consequence of a material being tied over its face.

During the listening to on the Islamabad court docket, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah slammed the Ministry of Climate Change for “politicking” over the animals, saying “our heads should hang in shame”.

The high decide noticed that a minimum of 40 giraffes have been dropped at the zoo from overseas and “all of them are dead”.