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White tigers to save Bengal cats at zoo

                                                                                           Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 13th June, 2013
After the death of eight tigers in six months, including its last Royal Bengal Tiger, the National Zoological Park popular as Delhi zoo plans to cross breed white tigers with Royal Bengal Tigers.

Of the eight, three were still born over two days two on Monday and one on Tuesday causing septic emia threat to their mother, a white tigress.

The zoo lost a Royal Bengal tigress on June 5 (21 years), a Royal Bengal tiger on May 27 (20 years), two infant white tiger cubs in February and a Royal Bengal tiger in December 2012 (20 years).

There are just three female Royal Bengal tigresses along with two male and five female white tigers. Incidentally, the Delhi zoo is one of the centres of Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for tigers for its Conservation Breeding Initiative.

The adult tigers that died during threes months were all mature cats, say officials

General life span of the tigers is 18-20 years white these three had died after full life span.

"With no male Royal Bengal tigers left, we know plan to cross breed the female of this species with white tigers.

We have already started preparing new enclosure for it," Riaz Khan, zoo`s curator (education).

He said there was nothing to worry about, as the tigers had died a natural death. But a member of zoo`s advisory committee feels there is scope for improvement.