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“Nieves”, the white tigress born 15 days ago in Nicaragua, dies

Managua, Jan 13 (EFE) .- “Nieves”, a white bengal tigress (Panthera tigris) that was born in the National Zoo of Nicaragua, died this Wednesday a week after it was presented to the press almost 15 days after its birth. “Today at dawn, after giving him serum and oxygen, Nieves died,” the director of the National Zoo, Marina Argüello de Sacasa, told Efe. Argüello, who was in charge of raising the white tigress, explained that “Nieves” was born with a cold problem and was under treatment. Her husband, veterinarian Eduardo Sacasa, tried to save her, but was unable, she added. “I was happy because he reacted with the medications, but with the oxygen we were running out,” until he died, said the director of the National Zoo, moved. “It was ugly. I devoted my full time to it. It hit me a lot. The little tiger already had that little health problem,” he added. The Nicaraguan Zoo, located 16 kilometers southeast of Managua, exhibited a Bengal female named “Nieves” to the media last week, who was born on December 29 inside the animal park, in good health. “Nieves” was the daughter of a tigress named “Dalila” who was rescued from a circus in Nicaragua about five years ago, and carried the gene for a white tiger, thanks to her grandfather, who was a feline of that type, and therefore the result , according to the Zoo authorities. The baby bengal weighed 954 grams at birth, and the authorities of the National Zoo expected that when he grew up he would be around 273 kilos. She was fed warm goat’s milk every three hours and Argüello Sacasa made her lullabies, like when trying to put a newborn human baby to sleep. The puppy was under the care of Argüello and her husband, who intended to house her in their home until she was five months old. “Nieves” was part of two other offspring of white bengal tigers, an endangered species that arrived at the Nicaraguan zoo in May 2019, from Mexico. The white cubs are marked by a genetic condition that removes the pigment from the traditional orange fur of these tigers, originally from Southeast Asia, without affecting their distinctive black stripes. In addition to white tigers, the zoo is also home to Bengal and Siberian tigers, jaguars, pumas, and African lions, as well as smaller felines, such as the ocelot and margay margay, among others. The National Zoo, recently renamed Zoo Nicaragua, maintains hundreds of species under protection, while they wait to be released. A total of 35 people work in the maintenance of the animal center, including park rangers, guards, drivers, administrative area, among others. An average of 1,000 people enter the Zoo on weekends, who pay symbolically one dollar if they are Nicaraguans or four dollars if they are foreigners. (c) EFE Agency

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