Sivakarthikeyan adopts white tigress Anu

White tigress Anu at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur. The animal has been part of the zoo’s tiger population since 2006. Photo; Special Arrangement  

Anu, a white tigress at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur has a new sponsor. Actor Sivakarthikeyan adopted her on Tuesday.

With this, he’ll have licence to enter the tiger’s lair — literally. Feed the animal and participate in its cleaning, besides funding her upkeep.

He handed over a signed letter on Tuesday to zoo director S. Yuvaraj, expressing his desire to adopt Anu for a period of six months.

Not only did Sivakarthikeyan adopt Anu, he also exhorted members of the public to do likewise.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen to protect animals that are facing a threat. So, the public should come forward to adopt, at least one of the 174 species that are housed in the zoo,” Mr. Sivakarthikeyan said.

Among the white tiger population in the zoo, Anu was brought in from the New Delhi zoo in 2006 to Vandalur. In March 2009, Anu gave birth to three cubs, recorded as the first successful captive breeding of white tigers at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park.

Her cubs Akansha and Narmadha now have their own families in the tiger quarter of the zoo.

Adoption programme

An official from the zoo said anyone could adopt animals under the animal adoption programme.

Adopting an animal or a bird or a reptile will provide the donor a direct opportunity to participate in the day-to-day affairs of the zoo — cleaning enclosures and feeding the animals.

The ‘Adopt An Animal’ programme was launched in 2009.

People can adopt animals, birds and reptiles by paying a day’s feeding charges.

The zoo spends ₹1,196 per day on feeding a lion/ tiger, while for an elephant the expenditure is in the range of ₹600 to ₹700 per day.

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