Good News! Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo Welcomes Tiger Cubs & Newborn Penguins & They’re So Cute!

by Shreya Rathod
Good News! Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo Welcomes Tiger Cubs & Newborn Penguins & They’re So Cute!

Located in Mumbai’s Byculla area, the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo is an iconic tourist attraction. Every Mumbai kid has spent most of their childhood wandering through the zoo and looking at the majestic animals and learning about them. Recently, they welcomed some new guests to their little dwelling! Read further to know more about these cute little munchkins.

Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo Welcomes Tiger Cubs To Their Abode!

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Credits: The Mumbai Zoo/ Facebook

Royal Bengal tiger pair, Shakti and Karishma, had become parents to two newborn cubs six months ago. They will be put on public display starting Thursday, bringing joy to the people thronging to the zoo. The cubs, Jay and Rudra, were born to the pair after the death of their newborn Veera who was born in November 2021. According to the officials, he died last year in May due to health complications.

In February 2020, just before the nation was placed on lockdown, Shakti and Karishma were transported from Siddharth Garden and Zoo in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. As a result, few people were able to see the animals. The zoo didn’t reopen to the public until February 2021, when visitors could finally see the big cats.

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However, the zoo was forced to close once more due to worries about the second Covid epidemic that had begun in the city. In October 2021, the facility was finally reopened.

The Zoo Also Welcomed Three Newborn Penguins

Credits: The Mumbai Zoo/ Facebook

In addition to the tiger cubs, three new penguins with the names Dora, Siri, and Nemo have been displayed by the penguin facility. There are presently more than 15 Humboldt penguins. With the birth of three additional penguins, Dora, Siri, and Nemo, the number of Humboldt penguins in the family has now reached 15. On February 21, 2023, a female chick named “Dora” was born from the coupling of Donald (a male) and Daisy (a female).

When visiting the facility, visitors are asked to refrain from banging on the glass galleries because this disturbs the animals’ calm.

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Although the glass viewing area is soundproof, they claimed that they would prefer to avoid any hand movements that would draw the animals’ attention.

Cover Image Courtesy: The Mumbai Zoo/ Facebook