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



No white tiger cubs left at Lahore Zoo as last two die of sickness

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 Information reported on Thursday, in what turns into the most recent case of reported maltreatment of animals in Pakistani zoos.

Lahore Zoo Director Chaudhry Shafqat stated 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 delivery to a few cubs, certainly one of which had died immediately on account of weak point, Shafqat defined.

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

The Lahore Zoo director claimed that their mom was not taking good care of them.

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


Late final 12 months, Kaavan — previously the world’s “loneliest elephant” — was shifted to a brand new house 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 transfer to Cambodia indicated that animal’s nails have been cracked and overgrown on account of years of dwelling in an improper enclosure with flooring that broken his toes.

Kaavan’s illness and loneliness had prompted world outrage over his remedy 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.

A number of animals lifeless at Marghazar Zoo

Previous to that, in July 2020, the Islamabad Excessive Court docket (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 Information 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 Information confirmed mismanagement on the zoo whereas the lion was being taken out of its cage. In keeping with the clip, zoo workers set fireplace within the cage and used sticks to scare off the animal nevertheless it bought frightened and confused as a substitute.

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 hold in disgrace’

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

Officers had stated on the time the ostrich had died on account of a fabric being tied over its face.

Through the listening to on the Islamabad courtroom, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah slammed the Ministry of Local weather Change for “politicking” over the animals, saying “our heads should hang in shame”.

The highest choose noticed that at the very least 40 giraffes have been delivered to the zoo from overseas and “all of them are dead”.

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