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Nandankanan tigress gives birth to 2 Cubs on her birthday


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Bhubaneswar: A  tigress named Ankita gave birth two normal coloured cubs in an enclosure of Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Garden here on Friday night. Incidentally, today is her birthday.

The tigress delivered the first cub at 10.12 PM and the second cub at 10.40 PM last night. The entire activity was closely monitored through CCTV, said a Zoo official.

Ankita had mated with a zoo bred tiger named Saif who was brought from Hyderabad Zoo last year.

Ankita is the offspring of tigress Sara and white tiger Rishi. She has been a major attraction of the zoo, with tourists flocking in large numbers to catch a glimpse of her.

With these new cubs, Nandankanan presently has 26 tigers, out of which 8 are white coloured (3 Male & 5 female), 16 normal coloured (6 male & 8 female and 2 unisex) and 2 melanistic (pure black non-striped tigers) males.