Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tiger Babes

Tiger Cubs at the Zoo!

We have three new additions to Tiger River at the San Diego Zoo! At 6 a.m. on April 29, keepers discovered that Mek, our ten-year-old Malayan tiger, had given birth to three cubs. She had been on birth watch since April 24, and her behavior was somewhat different on the 28th but, as is often the case, she waited until we went home to give birth.

We waited for two days before handling the cubs to give Mek time to bond with them. There is one male and two females. They ranged in weight from 2.8 to 3 pounds (1.3 to 1.4 kilograms). Tigers are born defenseless, with their eyes closed, and are not very mobile. Now, at two weeks of age, their weights are climbing and their eyes are starting to open.

More info here.

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