3 new-born lion  cubs found dead

Indore : At 3 am on Tuesday, the officials of Kamla Nehru Prani Sanghralaya found three cubs born dead. Higher officials were informed. The cubs were born to Lioness Megha and Lion Akash. Some days ago reports published in dailies that some zoo inmates would deliver babies. But, the latest incident has raised many a question on the safe birth of babies here.

  It was also informed that the couple was brought to the city zoo from Bilaspur last year. The new born cubs were 1 female and 2 males. Necropsy reports says mishandling by new mother was the reason for death as lungs and other vital parts of babies were damaged. Experts said that it is normal behavior of any animal to carry the babies in their teeth and shift them to another place. In the whole process, sometimes, first time mother carries the new ones with more pressure than required and thus injuring the vital parts of the new ones resulting in their death. Akhilesh Upadhyay, doctor, who performed the necropsy on the cubs said: “The cubs were found dead by the staff deployed at the zoo in night. No human interference should be applied while the lioness is giving birth. Only after she had completed the process, human interference is applied.”

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