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Zoo staff 'heartbroken' after death of tiger cub

We're heartbroken by what's happened. To go from the excitement of the birth to this in three weeks is just devastating.

Melati can be a very nervous animal and we didn't want to risk putting her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.

At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal.

We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what's happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.

– Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Curator

First tiger cub born at London Zoo for 17 years dies

The first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo for 17 years has died. The cub was discovered on the edge of the pool inside the tigers' enclosure. Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub two weeks ago, with the event captured on hidden cameras in the den.

Sumatran tiger Melati looks at her new-born cub shortly after being born Credit: London Zoo

Keepers at London Zoo raised the alarm in the early hours of Saturday morning after they noticed that they could not see the cub on the den cameras. The zoo spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday confirmed the cub had drowned

First tiger cub in seventeen years at London Zoo

Sumatran tiger Melati looks at her new-born cub Credit: London Zoo

London Zoo have welcomed their first tiger cub in seventeen years, after five year old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to a cub on Sunday evening.

The cub was born in the Zoo's "Tiger Territory" after a six-minute labour.

Zookeeper Paul Kybett said everyone at the zoo was "over the moon" about the birth.

"It's still very early days, so we're leaving Melati to take care of her adorable baby, and our cameras allow us to watch them both from a distance. So far she's proving to be a doting mum," he said.

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Rare snails to be released by London Zoo

Hundreds of tiny endangered tree-snails will be reintroduced to their former Polynesian home following the incredible success of an international breeding programme led by ZSL London Zoo.

Three species of Partula snail, Partula affinis, Partula nodosa, and Partula hyalina, which were bred at ZSL London Zoo and other partner zoos around the world, will be released on to the island of Tahiti in October after a nearly 30 year absence.

ZSL London Zoo invertebrate keeper and coordinator of the international Partula studbook, Don McFarlane, along with staff from Bristol and Edinburgh Zoos, will be escorting the precious cargo of snails to Tahiti, where they will be released into a protected reserve in their native forest habitat.

Breathtaking winning photographs on display at London Zoo

Category Six - Deep and Meaningful. Adult Winner. SLOWEST SPRINTER by Vaclav Krpelik. Credit: Vaclav Krpelik (c) ZSL

A stunning shot of a turtle gliding through the sea and the breathtaking image of an ant carrying a leaf ten times its size.

That's just two of the mesmerising pictures entered into the ZSL Animal Photography Prize now showing at London Zoo.

The competition is held every year to inspire amateur and professional photographers to get out and capture the magic of the natural world.

Category Four - Size Matters. Adult Winner. A GIANT TROPHY FOR A SMALL ANT by Bence Mate. Credit: Bence Mate (c) ZSL
Adult Highly Commended. FAIRY TERN HOVER by Michael Gallagher. Credit: Michael Gallagher (c) ZSL
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