After 8 years,city zoo awaits tigress’ homecoming

Tigress Siddhi and her cub Bhumi will be brought to Rajkot from Vadodara zoo on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: July 19, 2010 3:12:08 am

Tigress Siddhi was sent to Vadodara for the purpose of breeding where she gave birth to Bhumi in 2006

Tigress Siddhi and her cub Bhumi will be brought to Rajkot from Vadodara zoo on Sunday.

The two big cats will be housed in an open cage in the Pradhyuman Park Zoo,set up in natural environment on the outskirts of Rajkot city.

Siddhi was sent to Vadodara eight years ago for breeding.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rajkot Municipal Corporation-run zoo on August 15.

RMC Zoo Superintendent M G Maradia said: “The zoo is all set to welcome Siddhi and Bhumi. Their cages are ready.”

He added: “Eight years ago,Siddhi was sent to Vadodara zoo for the purpose of breeding.

In 2006,she gave birth to Bhumi. Now Rajkot has a bigger zoo set up in natural environment and we are in a better position to give both mother and daughter a better environment.”

Siddhi and Bhumi will be in the company of Tula,a tiger brought from Chandigarh.

Pradhyuman Park will see

further breeding of Tula and Siddhi.

Rajkot zoo officials left for Vadodara on Saturday and are expected to be back on Sunday.

Earlier,Pandit Din Dayal Zoo at the Aji-I dam site had a tiger couple who had given birth to four cubs. They were sent to different zoos in Surat,Vadodara and Junagadh for breeding.

Earlier on July 12,four blackbucks were brought from Surat zoo to Rajkot,where they have been kept under observation.

Surat zoo had given these species free of cost. Maradia said,at present,the animals have been kept under observation. There are two males and two females.

At present,there are 45 captive wild animals in the zoo including lion,tiger,leopard,crocodile,sambhar and chital. With the arrival of the four blackbucks and two tigresses this number will go up to 51.

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