Two white tiger cubs are taught hands on in Berdyansk zoo “Safari”
Akshay and Devgan born 20 March this year, the white Bengal tiger Azir and French.
Azira in Berdyansk arrived a few ago from Bratislava. And her “husband” French – a gift of the Paris zoo.
As told by the owner of the zoo “Safari” Igor Kalchenko, 8 years ago he came to Paris at the invitation of the local zoo.
Colleagues drew sketches of enclosures for the maintenance of predators. According to him, the Slovaks have made 3 of the enclosure.
And three years later for the work done sent the gift white Bengal tiger Frenchman.
– A good gift, – says Igor Kalchenko. – Waiting for more of these!
The delivery was normal
The current offspring is the fourth for the pair of tigers. Third time in a row they became parents in 2018. Azira and the Frenchman has broken all known records of the birth rate for predators living in the wild.
Previous litter is in the “Safaris”, but Akshay and Devgan may exchanged for other animals in European zoos.
Birth in the Azir, according to Igor Kalchenko, were normal. She gave birth herself. The first one was born March 20, around 7 am, the second three hours later at 10:15. The tigress licked them, they were dry and began the life of small predators.
Igor Leonidovich noted that Azira is a very good mother. She is very concerned about kids who feeds her milk. Feeding regime – at the request of the cubs. First, fed more often, now, on average every three hours.
2-month Devgan and Akshay well gain weight – they are already almost 15 lbs. With my mom they will live to about years.
The Frenchman lives in a separate enclosure. In nature social animals only lions. Other predators are found only on 2-3 days to mate and create.
In nature, white tigers are almost not survive. “Any melanist: white or black color, in nature survival of the rare. Often its the same and kill them just because of the fact that they have a different color,” – said Igor Kalchenko.
Because of the quarantine, the zoo was closed, so the first walk of cute tiger cubs can be seen only in the pages of zoo on social media. On the pages of zoo in social media you can see information about other infants.
Zoo babies from birth began to teach their hands – if necessary (e.g. vaccination) can be approached.
Kipper to care for the animals Andrey Harutyunyan brings them daily into fresh air where the kids walk 30 minutes to an hour. Azira, though, and is going through a separation with kids, but let them from the aviary to play in the fresh air.
21 may the cubs in the presence of media representatives took the first three cat vaccinated against diseases. Azira was very worried due to the accumulation of people near the cage, which was very evident in her behavior. The process of vaccination took a couple of minutes.
Three weeks later, vaccinated again, but with the addition of the vaccine against rabies. From the feline coronavirus do not teach, such a vaccine will make puppies white wolves, which also recently born at the zoo.
Kids called in the contest
After the birth of cubs zoo on their pages in social networks has announced a competition for the best name for the newborn.
“There were about 7,000 participants. We were bombarded with offers. There were proposals to name the cubs and Hugo, and Bob, but the condition was that the names should be Indian, as the birthplace of white Bengal tigers – India.
Stopped at the name Devdas – means something like “protector of God” and Akshay – translated as “a positive, strong,” – said the Deputy Director of the zoo “Safari” by PR Ivan Pedi.
The winners of the competition became a resident of Prague and a former bardanes, who now lives in Moscow.
Hope – for visitors
In early March the zoo was, as ever, a lot of visitors. On March 8, for example, in “Safari” was visited by about 800 people. It was a record, because from October to mid-March at the zoo, typically the “off season”.
But in early March, I remember, was very warm weather and verdancy massively came to this wonderful island wildlife.
It is worth noting that the zoo is not only a lot of animals, some of which are simply unique. Here also planted about 400 species of plants, among them there are also many unique.
Igor Kalchenko zoo staff were very happy to such a great start of the season. But here again, and declared a quarantine.
He, of course, the financial hit to the zoo. At the initiative of fans of the zoo Igor Kalchenko announced in the social network, a charity event to raise funds that every penny will be spent on animals.
The owner of the “Safari” hopes that in Berdyansk by the sea to escape from the coronavirus from different regions will come thousands of tourists. And they come to the zoo to positive emotions.
At the zoo – baby boom
Over the past six months at the zoo there were dozens of kids.
In addition Devgan and Akshay, who were born March 20, among the new inhabitants of the “Safari”:
- kangaroo Bennett – November 11, 2019;
- baboon Chuk – 18 January 2020;
- raccoon Kuzma – March 1, 2020;
- Cameroon goat Lily – February 14, 2020;
- Lama criss – February 11, 2020;
- Vietnamese pig piggy – April 3, 2020;
- white wolves – 26 April 2020;
- pygmy marmoset Miles – 6 APR 202;
- a ring-tailed lemur Lamic – March 25, 2020;
- griffons – April 24;
- meerkat Minium – 24 APR 2020.
Photo By Alexander Prilepy