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Rare Tiger Cubs Born In Zoo - Breast-Feeding Woman On Standby

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posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 05:30 PM
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A rare Bengal tiger has given birth to three tiger cubs in a Myanmar zoo. The last time the Thai tiger mother Noah Noah gave birth she got frightened by visitors at the zoo, and this led her to kill one of her cubs. The other other two died several weeks later from dehydration despite being breast-fed by a human mother. This time the cubs are being kept out of public view and are being monitored closely. If the tiger mother kills any of her cubs again, a human mother is on stand-by to breast-feed them.


Terradaily: New Tiger Cubs In Myanmar Zoo, Breast-Feeding Woman On Standby



A rare Bengal tiger whose last litter died has delivered three tiger cubs in a zoo in the Myanmar capital Yangon but an experienced woman is on standby to breast-feed the cubs if needed, a zoo official said Wednesday.

The Thai tiger, Noah Noah, gave birth to the cubs on September 8 after losing her first litter earlier this year. She killed one in March and the other two died several weeks later from dehydration despite being breast-fed for two weeks by Hla Htay, 40, a relative of a Yangon Zoological Gardens staffer.

The tiger mother and her cubs are being kept out of public view to increase the chances of the cubs' survival and are being monitored through a closed-circuit television camera, Saw Win said. "We made the mistake last time of allowing people to see them after she gave birth," he said. Zoo officials believe this frightened the mother and led her to kill one of the cubs.

If Noah Noah kills any of her cubs again, "we'll have to consider again allowing a human mother to breast-feed them," Saw Win said, adding "we are hoping that this will not happen." "She loves her children very much," he added.

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That´s nice, but hopefully the human breast-feeder won´t be needed this time. They didn´t survive the last time, so they should not do this unless absolutely necessary.




posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 05:39 PM
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OMG! Where do you find these stories!


I'm pretty sure they'd use a breast pump and not have the little monsters gnawing on the woman's actual breast! OW!


Just curious,... why don't you think they should do it?



posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 05:50 PM
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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic

Just curious,... why don't you think they should do it?

Because the last time they tried this "stunt" two cubs died from dehydration despite being breast-fed for two weeks. Why they died from dehydration, I don´t know. But I guess it might not be such a great idea...

[edit on 2005/9/15 by Hellmutt]



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