Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (IANS) A leopard ate her own cub in an enclosure of the Nandankanan Zoo in Orissa, hampering the captive breeding efforts of the zoo authorities, an official said Saturday.
‘We have recovered the severed head of the leopard cub from the enclosure. The mother leopard has eaten the young leopard,’ the official said.
Two cubs were born to zoo leopards Barsha and Suraj last Sunday. But one died as the ‘mother did not accept it’ while the other was eaten up by the mother, officials said.
No leopard cubs have been successfully bred in the zoo since 1984.
Nandankanan Zoological Park in the outskirts of state capital Bhubaneswar houses 98 species in a 3.62 sq km area.