Bhubaneswar: Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar today welcomed a new member as Sloth bear Liza gave birth to a cub. The mother and the cub have been kept in a separate enclosure and are under CCTV surveillance. With the new cub, the bear population in Nandankanan rose to 17.
As per reports, bear Balia was induced to mate with bear Liza. To ensure the safety of both the mother and the newborn cub, the zoo authorities have decided to close the bear safari for visitors.
Notably, the bear safari, which has been set up in an area of 4.1 hectares in Nandanakan, was inaugurated in 2012. Since then, the safari has been one of the key attractions for visitors coming to the zoo.