Rescued cub is star of Mysore zoo

She was barely five days old and weighed less than five kg when forest officers found her in the jungles around the Bababudangiri hills in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka....

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: January 4, 2009 1:38 am

She was barely five days old and weighed less than five kg when forest officers found her in the jungles around the Bababudangiri hills in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka. That was nearly four months ago.

Christened Anusuya at her new home at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore,she now weighs 24 kg.

Following a sneak media peak into her rejuvenation provided by zoo authorities a few days ago,the playful baby tigress now revels in public attention,say zoo authorities. Her upkeep at the zoo is being sponsored by renowned international yoga guru BKS Iyengar.

“She seems to love having people around her. She tends to start crying if there are no humans near her,” says the executive director of the zoo,Vijay Ranjan Singh.

Zoo authorities now consider Anusuya perfectly grown and out of danger. But she still remains in the medical unit at the zoo.

In her first few days in Mysore,there had been concerns over her health after she failed to defecate for many days. A warm water sponging treatment put her on the road to recovery,say zoo officials.

For the Mysore zoo authorities,Anusuya’s taking to the zoo environment comes as a welcome relief after the failure of efforts to rehabilitate another baby tigress,found by the roadside in the Nagarhole forest near Mysore during Dussehra.

According to the executive director of the Mysore Zoo,Anusuya will remain at Mysore and join the eight tigers. One of the tigers is sponsored by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa under an animal adoption programme—an annual amount of Rs 90,000 is given for the upkeep of the tiger. As many as 600 animals at the zoo are privately sponsored under the programme.

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