Wildlife lovers overjoyed as Asiatic lioness Tejika gives birth to 3 cubs in Nahargarh Biological Park of Jaipur. This has happened for the first time in the last 29 years that a lioness from this endangered species has given birth in Jaipur.
She gave birth to the first cub at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, 20th May 2017, the second one at 9:30 p.m. and the third one at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, 21st May.
All 3 cubs along with Jaipur lioness Tejika have been reported to be healthy. The triplets are very beautiful and are being fed by their mother.
“It has not been possible to determine the gender of the cubs so early.”, says Dr. Arvind Mathur, senior veterinary officer, Jaipur Zoo.
With these cubs being born, the plan of introducing lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park will come true.
Lioness Tejika with its 3 Cubs
Image Source: Rajasthan Patrika
The 5-year-old lioness Tejika was shifted to Jaipur Zoo from Junagarh, Gujarat, nearly one and a half years ago. Later she was shifted to Nahargarh Biological Park with another Asiatic lion Siddhartha.
Ever since she was shifted to Jaipur, she was battling a number of diseases including paralysis at one point of time.
But the Asiatic lioness fought and survived against all odds and also developed a chemistry with lion (named Siddhartha), leading to these wonderful 3 cubs.
For now the lioness and the cubs have been kept in a secluded area, away from the eyes of anyone as human intervention at this point of time can cause her to abandon the cubs.