After giving birth to another trio of tiger pups on April 30 at the Toronto Zoo. Mazyria the Amur tiger, who gave birth to three cubs in 2013, is now a mother of six. Three new animals have entered the Toronto Zoo.
According to a news statement, Mazyria, a 14-year-old Amur tiger known as “Mazy,” gave birth to three cubs last week at the Toronto Zoo after a 104-day pregnancy. The first youngster was born on Friday night at 11:40 p.m., and the following two cubs were delivered early on Saturday morning.
According to the zoo, Mazy and her cubs are “doing well.” The family of four is being regularly watched by the zoo’s wildlife care keepers via remote cameras, which helps to minimize any interruptions as the animals get along. According to the zoo’s press release, “Mazyria is thus far being an excellent mother, nursing and grooming the cubs frequently, but the first month remains a key time for these new arrivals.” In roughly six to eight weeks, the cubs will receive their first veterinary examination. Veterinarians will identify each cub’s gender and make sure the young tigers are developing at a healthy rate during this check-up.
Three cubs were born in Mazy’s second litter; the first was born in the Granby Zoo in 2013. Mazy is one of the oldest Amur tigers in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) population, according to the Toronto Zoo. The new litter of cubs was fathered by Vasili, a male tiger who was born in 2012 at the Calgary Zoo and is Mazy’s companion.
According to Dolf DeJong, CEO of the Toronto Zoo, “this birth is a vital contribution to a genetically healthy Amur tiger population.” The threat to Amur tigers is growing as a result of habitat degradation and unlawful poaching. Public awareness of their predicament in the wild is crucial, and we must take all necessary steps to lessen the dangers they encounter and stop population declines. Together, we can change things for the better.
Initially introduced in the winter of 2019–2020, Mazy and Vasili did not become pregnant. But before Mazy reached the end of her reproductive life, the zoo’s wildlife care team chose to attempt to pair the big cat couple up once more, according to the zoo. The Toronto Zoo’s wildlife care experts reintroduced Mazy and Vasili after tracking Mazy’s menstrual cycles and spotting behavioral indicators of mating receptivity in the fall of 2020.
According to the zoo, breeding between the two tigers was eventually noticed on January 17. A subsequent examination on April 14 revealed that Mazy was actually carrying cubs.