Exclusive: First-ever tiger cubs born in Oman

Energy Monday 22/June/2020 12:24 PM
By: Times News Service

Muscat: Amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, a park in Barka is celebrating the birth of two tiger cubs, the first to be born in Oman.

The adorable duo were born on 17 June to first-time father Pablo, aged eight, and mother Luna, who is 10.

But it will take some time for visitors to see them as the park is currently closed.
“Both cubs are doing fine and very playful and energetic, just like their parents,” Ahmed bin Abdul Rahim Al Balushi, owner of Al Nu’man Park, located in the Wilayat of Barka, said, while playing with the animals.

“Both the parents were brought to Oman from Italy,” he added. “After they were born, I forgot about everything else, and focused my attention on them. I couldn’t sleep at night, either, because I had to wake up every four hours to feed them by giving them milk, and clean them.”

Although he had hoped for the cubs to stay with the parents, Al Balushi grew concerned from them after he spotted their mother throwing the baby tigers into a body of water.

“That is when I realised I needed to take care of them,” he told Times of Oman.

The two cubs haven’t been named yet, but the zoo is currently taking suggestions on potential names. “I am yet to give them names but both the cubs are females,” he said.