Jaguar cub watch at zoo

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am

FAT cats in the Zoological and Botanical Gardens may not be overweight from eating too much - park wardens suspect the female jaguar may be pregnant again.

The pair of jaguars in the Central gardens came under the spotlight a year ago when it was revealed the heavyweight female was on a diet.

But now it seems she may have an excuse for her middle-aged spread.

Deputy manager of the gardens Joanne Leung Oi-yung said they suspected Spottie was pregnant. Urban Services Department senior veterinary officer Dr David Burrows said it would be no surprise if that was so. But he added: 'We don't have the means to test it, we don't have any means of diagnosing it.' Spottie gave birth in 1992 to two cubs later sent to the Guangzhou zoo.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Amy Chow said more jaguars should not be bred for zoos.

'We are very concerned about what will happen to the cubs.

'We know that last time the cubs they gave birth were sent to Guangzhou zoo which has been condemned by animal welfare groups around the world.'