Born two months ago, Sumatran tiger triplets have gone on public display on Friday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington state. The zoo says the triplets are a cause for celebration for the endangered species, as there are only about 300 living in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. About 400 more live in zoos worldwide.
Kirana, Dari and Indah had been kept behind the scenes, along with their 11-year-old mother, Jaya, while they gained strength and put on weight. At birth, the three female tigers weighed about three pounds each and now weigh about 15 pounds each.
The triplets’ births, on October 8, were part of a managed breeding program at the Point Defiance Zoo to help maintain a genetically diverse population of Sumatran tigers. Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator, said:
With fewer than 800 Sumatran tigers remaining on the planet, every one is precious. We want visitors to the zoo to see these magnificent animals and we hope they will take action to help their wild counterparts.
The zoo asked the public to help name the cubs and, in total, 7,140 votes were cast. In Bahasa Indonesia, the Indonesian language, Kirana translates as “beautiful sunbeam”, Dari is short for Ndari, which means “full moon” and Indah means “beautiful one”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Jaya walks out with Kirana, Dari, and Indah at the Sumatran tiger enclosure at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on Thursday, December 4.
And here is the video:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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