The amazing moment an endangered tiger gave birth to a pair of healthy cubs has been caught on security cameras and delighted viewers around the world.
The two Sumatran tiger cubs, who have not yet opened their eyes, were born at London Zoo on Monday.
Tigress Melati was seen going into labor on a hidden camera and zoo staff watched anxiously as the first cub was born at 9.10 am and the second one 50 minutes later.
The two newborn Sumatran tigers, who are yet to open their eyes, were born at London Zoo on Monday.
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Pregnant tigress Melati was seen going into labor on a hidden camera and zookeepers watched anxiously as the first cub was born at 9.10 am and the second just 50 minutes later.
Announcing the births, London Zoo wrote in a Facebook post:
We’re very excited to announce that two of the world’s rarest #tigers have been born at ZSL London Zoo, with keepers capturing their first moments on hidden cameras.
The as-yet unsexed twins were born to seven-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati, on Monday 27 June, after a 108-day pregnancy.
Delightful footage shows the tiny cubs learning to feed from their mother and displaying the first signs of playfulness.
Extraordinary footage shows the tiny cubs learning to feed from their mom and showing the first signs of playfulness.
The cubs’ father Jae Jae has also been seen showing a keen interest in the cubs and has been bonding with them.
The births are a huge victory for the global breeding program of the critically endangered animal as wild populations are estimated to be as low as 300.
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