CM names lion cub at Van­dalur zoo ‘Vishnu’

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Chen­nai

CHIEF Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami on Thurs­day named an eight-month-old lion cub at Van­dalur zoo as ‘Vishnu’.

The male cub was born on Fe­bru­ary 2 this year and is healthy. It was born to ‘Jhansi’ and ‘Shiva’.

The cub was housed in a cage cov­ered with green cloth in the mid­dle of an­other en­clo­sure near the white tiger en­clo­sure. Palaniswami along with some of his cabi­net col­leagues took part in the brief event in the af­ter­noon.

Though there were ini­tial plans to leave the an­i­mal out of the cage into a tiny en­clo­sure for VIPs to have a closer look, it was de­cided against do­ing so in view of the safety con­cerns.

Un­der­stand­ably, the cub, which was see­ing hu­mans for the first time, was stressed out hear­ing the loud noise of the speak­ers and the vis­i­tors’ screams. Also, it ap­peared that the cage was too small for the an­i­mal.

Though an­i­mal keeper K Sam­path tried to make the an­i­mal stand and look at the chief min­is­ter and pho­tog­ra­phers for bet­ter pic­tures, it did not turn its head to­wards the crowd.

Later, it was shifted to the lion’s en­clo­sure.

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Vishnu, the eight-month-old lion cub at Van­dalur zoo |

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