Five newborn tiger cubs died at Nandankanan Zoological Park on Friday. Priyanka, the 11-year-old tigress gave birth to five cubs on Tuesday. Zoo sources said almost after eleven years, a normal RBT pair had given birth to a white tiger cub during inbreeding inside the Nandankanan and fifth in the history of the zoo.

“We don’t see anything unusual in the incident. Priyanka had become mother for the first time. Even in the wild, such rejection leading to deaths happens,” said Siba Narayan Mohapatra, deputy director of NZP. There was no way one could make the tigress feed her cubs, Mr. Mohapatra said.