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Tough love from a real Tiger mum: A tigress at a M'sia zoo gave birth to 4 cubs, but shocked zoo staff after she ate 3

JOHOR BARU - THE law of the jungle applies even in the zoo - a tigress ate three of her newborn cubs at the Johor Zoo here recently. The seven-year old tigress, Juli, gave birth to four cubs on Saturday, but the joy of the zoo personnel was short-lived when she killed and ate three of the cubs in the following two days. Zoo chief assistant secretary On Jabbar said the tigress could have eaten her cubs for several reasons, including the cubs' health and physical condition. 'Three of the cubs looked feeble and one had a limp before they were killed by the mother,' he told journalists when met at the zoo here, adding that a tigress would also kill its cubs if instinct told it that the cubs would not have a chance to reach adulthood. On said this was the third time that 100kg Juli gave birth in captivity after mating with Jeli, weighing 150kg. She also ate her litter after giv...

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