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Amid lockdown, Assam state zoo welcomes Simba, Sultan and his sister

Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden in Guwahati has welcomed a lion and two tiger cubs that had been born every week aside in May amid the nationwide lockdown restrictions, which had been enforced from March 25 to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak, however the information has been made public solely now after the new-borns had been discovered to be in good spirits.

“The lion cub, a male, was born in early May and the two tiger cubs, a male, and a female, were born a week later,” stated Tejas Mariswamy, divisional forest officer (DFO), Assam State Zoo.

“The news of the births was not disclosed, earlier as we wanted to keep a tab on their health parameters before making it public. Now, all three cubs are in good spirits,” he added.

Established in 1957 and unfold over 175 hectares in the midst of Guwahati within the Hengrabari reserve forest, Assam state zoo, which has 1,040 wild animals and birds of 112 species, is the largest zoological park within the north-east area.

“The lion cub, which was born to Vicky and Rani, has been named Simba after the character in the movie Walt Disney musical drama, The Lion King. The tiger cubs were born to Dhanush and Kazi,” stated Mariswamy.

“The male tiger cub is named Sultan. However, we are yet to decide on Sultan’s sister’s name. We are looking for a name that children could relate to. All suggestions from the public are welcome,” he added.

Though the zoo is an enormous attraction among the many public in Guwahati and others throughout the north-east, it has been closed since March because of the viral outbreak.

“We have been kept busy, even though the zoo is off-limits for the public. A male golden langur, a rare species, was also born during the lockdown period,” stated Mariswamy.

There is not any rapid plan to reopen the zoo anytime quickly, even supposing lockdown restrictions have been largely eased throughout the most-populous and Covid-19 worst-hit state within the north-east.

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