Brinda, her cubs enthral visitors

Brinda, her cubs enthral visitors


Proud Mama Brinda soaks up in the motherly bliss as her three cubs play around her at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens on Wednesday, in Mysore. DH photo

Less than three months after four Cheetahs were brought to Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens from South Africa, the zoo authorities released three cubs born to Cheetah Brinda in the enclosure for public display on Wednesday.

Visitors in the zoo were excited to watch the cubs in a playful mood with their mother. They expressed happiness about breeding of Cheetahs in the City Zoo.  Mother Brinda was among the two female Cheetahs which arrived here under the animal exchange programme with the Leipzig Zoo in Germany. The German zoo helped the Zoo authorities procure four Cheetahs -- two male and two female from South Africa.These Cheetahs had arrived in the city Zoo in the last week of March 2011, while one of the Cheetahs was found to be pregnant. The three cubs  which are currently on display were born on April 27.

Now, the total number of Cheetahs at the Zoo has gone up to seven. Mysore zoo is hosting Cheetahs after a gap of almost 27 years and is the only zoo in India to host seven big cats, an official said. K B Markandaiah, executive director of the Zoo told Deccan Herald that the zoo intends to breed Cheetahs in captivity and a special enclosure will be built at a cost of Rs 50 lakh very soon. Each of the Cheetahs will be provided with an individual cage adjacent to each other after a few months. “If the cubs start living together there is all possibility that they develop a sibling bond which will upset the breeding plans. Hence, the male and female Cheetahs will be separated,” he said.

He added that the cubs were in good health and the authorities along with proud mother Brinda provided good care. Mysore Zoo currently has more than 1300 animals, birds and reptiles of about 170 different species.

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