Bengal Tiger mother in Dehiwala Zoo, ‘Kella’ passes away

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –The mother of the three Bengal tiger cubs named Akira, Duma and Leo at Dehiwala Zoo, has passed away.

Director General of National Zoological Gardens, Thilak Premakantha said the mother tiger known as “Kella”who gave birth to the three cubs on March 5 was suffering from a severe cancer in the neck.

The tigress was being treated by the zoo’s veterinarians and animal staff members when she passed away.

She was only 15 years old when she passed away.

Kella was brought to the Dehiwala Zoo in Sri Lanka from the Xinjiang Safari Park in China in 2008 as part of an animal exchange program.

Necropsy and other tests on her body are to be done by the veterinarians.

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