Rare Bengal tiger cub dies of cold

Despite the birth of cubs in captivity, tigers are threatened with extinction. (AP)
Despite the birth of cubs in captivity, tigers are threatened with extinction. (AP)

Moscow - A rare white Bengal tiger cub has died of cold in blacked-out Crimea.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Friday quoted Oleg Zubkov, director of the Yalta zoo, as saying the 6-week-old cub died after two generators at the zoo broke down. Employees were struggling to keep all the animals warm.

Crimea is still dealing with the blackout despite Wednesday's first delivery of power from Russia since unknown attackers blew up electricity pylons near the de-facto Ukrainian-Crimean border nearly two weeks ago.

The cub is an offspring of arguably Ukraine's most famous tiger, Tigryulia, which became a symbol in Yulia Tymoshenko's 2010 presidential campaign. Tymoshenko gave the tiger to the Yalta zoo after the campaign.

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