Wednesday, May 23, 2007
More cute baby animals! (and their horrible moms)
Four white lions born in French zoo
Four white lions were born in a zoo in western France at the weekend, providing a welcome boost for the species whose population is teetering at about 30 worldwide, a zoo official said Wednesday.
The male and three female cubs, white as snow and weighing about 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds), were separated from their mother at birth because she appeared to lack parenting skills.
"Nyala, their mother, wasn't taking care of them. It's as if she didn't know what to do," said Bernadette Oury, director of the Jurques zoo in western France where the four were born on Sunday.
African elephant Pori, 26, gave birth to the 250lb baby at a zoo, but seconds later the three-ton mum appeared to stomp on him.
Then she rolled him through her enclosure like a beachball and pushed him underwater.
Keepers grabbed the half-drowned tot by the trunk and pulled him to safety.
But he was later REUNITED with his mum — who killed her first baby in 2005 by accidentally crushing him — after being given the all-clear by vets.
A spokesman for the zoo in Berlin, Germany, said Pori had been trying to stimulate the baby to stand up, adding: “She is a proud and loving mother now.”
What is up with these mother animals being so terrible?!