Rajasi, the three-year-old white female Bengal tiger, gave birth to two cubs yesterday morning at the zoo in Port of Spain.
Rajasi came to the zoo last March with two other tigers.
The Zoological Society said in a statement yesterday, “In spite of this being her first pregnancy, Rajasi coped admirably during the birthing process in her specially prepared den and has taken to her motherly duties with great care. The cubs are in good condition and will be monitored continuously to check on their progress.”
The zoo shared photos of Rajasi and her cubs on social media yesterday.
“For the first two weeks Rajasi will be left undisturbed with her cubs to facilitate nurturing and bonding and thereafter the cubs will undergo a more thorough examination,” the zoo said.
Should the cubs require special attention, the zoo staff is ready to intervene and provide round-the-clock care.
The cubs will remain with their mother until they are ready for weaning.
The Zoological Society said, “Although there are requests from other zoos for the cubs, Rajasi will not be separated from her cubs until they are ready for weaning. Additionally, any exchanges will only be made with facilities with the demonstrated ability to house and keep them in a safe and comfortable environment.”
The last tiger cub to be born at the zoo was in the 1980s, when “Bobtail”, an orange Bengal tiger, was born, the Zoological Society said.
(Taken from the Trinidad Express Newspapers, 10th January 2015)