Sloth bear cubs being hand-reared at Mysuru Zoo | Mysuru News – Times of India


When two-day-old sloth bear cubs were abandoned by their mother in the thick forests of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in mid-January, forest officials did not think that they could survive.

MYSURU: When two-day-old sloth bear cubs were abandoned by their mother in the thick forests of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve in mid-January, forest officials did not think that they could survive.
The cubs were just born, and their eyes were yet to open. With no other option, the cubs were shifted to Mysuru Zoo. Today, the cubs are hale and hearty, and crawling about with their eyes wide open, all thanks to the Mysuru Zoo authorities, who took care of the little ones and saved them. The cubs are more than a month old now.
BP Ravi, a senior IFS officer, and member-secretary of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, said that when the cubs were brought to Mysuru Zoo, they were just two-three days old. They weighed approximately 1.1kg. They were handed over to Mysuru Zoo by the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve director, after their efforts to reunite the cubs with their mother went in vain. Zoo staff took great care of the cubs, and helped them survive by hand-rearing them. Usually, sloth bear cubs open their eyes in their second week after they are bor n.
The cubs were fed diluted milk and now caretakers are planning to provide a nutritious diet to them. The cubs are responding well to hand rearing. They’re being let into the sunlight every day. They’re kept under observation, round-theclock, at the zoo health unit.
Zoo executive director Ajit Kulkarni said that Mysuru Zoo has five-six sloth bears, and has experience in breeding them. “Recently, a beargave birth here, and the cub is healthy. It is three months old. We have expertise in hand-rearing cubs,” he added.

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