Mysore, June 9 (KK&KMC)- City girl Manya has found her love in Brahma, the young man from wilderness. Not exactly a case of 'beauty and the beast,' since both are beasts — white tigress Manya, born and brought up in the city Zoo while tiger Brahma, captured from the forests of Brahmagiri Range in Kodagu. Manya is 4-years- and seven-months-old while Brahma is approximately nine years — both in the prime of their feline youth.

It was fair-lady Manya who made the first amorous move towards the ever-growling angry young man Brahma, about a week ago.

Not surprising that she chose the visitor as her mate — the other three male tigers in the Zoo namely Amulya, Agasthya and Madhukeshwara being fatherly figures for young Manya.

Most delighted by this feline romance are the Zoo staff, especially the Zoo Deputy Director and Deputy Conservator of Forests K.D. Belliappa, who are looking forward to the birth of healthy tiger cubs — products of two different strains of genes.

This precisely is the reason behind preventing the Zoo tigers from breeding till now, though the other three male tigers had as female partners, tigresses Anusuya and Rita.

Of course, the third female tiger in the Zoo, likely to be named Kaveri, who has been jailed on charges of trespassing into human habitat and lifting cattle in South Kodagu a week ago, is still licking her wounds, repentful for meddling with the self-centered humans and eventually losing her valuable freedom. Come to think of it on the positive side, there are all possibilities of the male tigers in the Zoo taking interest in the wild lady, in due course of time.

Belliappa told Star of Mysore this morning that actual mating was yet to take place, probably in a day or two. Presently, they are into foreplay, mostly Manya making all the amorous moves while Brahma, despite his aggressive nature, not objecting to her sexual overtures.

"Feeding, till late, is being done by isolating the couple, while rest of the day, they are allowed to stay in the same enclosure, "Belliappa said and added that the Zoo authorities were thinking of keeping them together round the clock henceforth.

"Female tigers come to heat only twice a year," says Zoo veterinarian Dr. Suresh Kumar, who feels breeding them in the same strain of genes would result in deformed and weak offsprings that are more susceptible to diseases.

"Hence we are looking forward to the offsprings of Brahma and Manya, having high hopes," Dr. Suresh Kumar said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore