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Three of world’s rarest tigers born at ZSL London Zoo

Melati and Cubs at ZSL London Zoo (c)ZSL

Melati and Tiger Cubs  (c)ZSL

Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers born at ZSL London Zoo

Three of the world’s rarest tigers have been born at ZSL London Zoo, the as-yet unsexed triplets were born to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati, on Monday 3 February 2014, after a 106-day pregnancy.

Born in the early hours of the morning and arriving within an hour of each other, the first cub arrived at 12:28am, the second at 12:59am, and the last was delivered at 1:18am, with keepers monitoring the whole birth using remote camera technology.

Melati cleaning her cubs (c)ZSL

Melati and Tiger Cubs  (c)ZSL

The hidden camera has provided some remarkable pictures of the Mother and three cubs within the special cubbing dens.

Melati and Tiger Cub Hug (c)ZSL

Melati and Tiger Cubs  (c)ZSL

One of the  Zookeepers Teague Stubbington said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with our new arrivals, and with how Melati is responding to her three cubs.

Melati relaxing with tiger cubs (c)ZSL (1)

Melati and Tiger Cubs  (c)ZSL

The birth of the three cubs represents a major achievement for ZSL London Zoo as the Wild Sumatran Tiger population is estimated to be as low as 300 . It is also a major boost for global breeding programme of this critically endangered species. Hopefully these births and others will arrest the decline in the wild, otherwise  Sumatran tigers will face the very real threat of extinction within the next decade..

Cubs suckling with mum Melati (c)ZSL

Melati and Tiger Cubs  (c)ZSL

Visitors to ZSL London Zoo can still see six-year-old dad Jae Jae hanging out in Tiger Territory and zookeepers will be revealing exclusive footage of the cubs on ZSL’s YouTube channel throughout March.

For more information visit www.zsl.org

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