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Two white tiger cubs die at Lahore Zoo in newest case of animal neglect

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  • Two three-month-old white tiger cubs die at Lahore Zoo, with no cubs on the facility alive anymore
  • Lahore Zoo Director Chaudhry Shafqat says “cubs were sick for the past two months”, claims their mom was not taking good care of them
  • Pakistan’s zoos have lengthy been underneath dialogue by advocates and activists who’ve highlighted negligence and lack of services

LAHORE: Two white tiger cubs have died on the Lahore Zoo, the power’s authorities confirmed on Thursday, in what’s the newest in a line of latest circumstances of neglect in direction of animals.

Based on Lahore Zoo Director Chaudhry Shafqat, each cubs had been three months outdated.

Shafqat mentioned that three months in the past, the feminine white tiger had given start to 3 cubs, one in all which had died immediately as a result of weak spot. “The remaining two cubs were sick for the past two months and died today,” he added.

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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 circumstances in such services.

Kaavan

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 had been cracked and overgrown as a result of years of residing in an improper enclosure with flooring that broken his ft.

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Kaavan’s illness and loneliness had prompted international outrage over his therapy 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.

Quite a few animals die at Marghazar Zoo

Previous to that, in July 2020, the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (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 as a result of employees’s mismanagement throughout its switch from Marghazar Zoo to Lahore.

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A video obtained by Geo Information confirmed mismanagement on the zoo whereas the lion was being taken out of its cage. Based on the clip, zoo employees set hearth within the cage and used sticks to scare off the animal but it surely received 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 — had been injured throughout transfers.

‘All of them are lifeless’

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

Officers had mentioned on the time the ostrich had died as a result of a material being tied over its face.

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The highest decide noticed that no less than 40 giraffes had been dropped at the zoo from overseas and “all of them are dead”.

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