Born At The London Zoo The First Tiger Cub in 17 Years

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Born At The London Zoo The First Tiger Cub in 17 Years

Hidden cameras have captured the moment London Zoo's first tiger cub for 17 years was born.

The last tiger cub was in fact his grandfather Hari the father of the cubs 5 year old mum Melati.

Zookeeper Paul Kybett said the pregnancy lasted around 15 weeks and was kept a secret.

London Zoo opened “Tiger Territory” only six months ago which has been aimed at encouraging the endangered Sumatran Tiger to breed in captivity.

The First Tiger Cub is the offspring of Melati and Jae Jae who joined the zoo at the end of September 2012.

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The new Tiger Cub is the offspring of Melati and Jae Jae who joined the zoo at the end of September 2012.

Love at first sight?

Paul Kybett said of the cubs parents “When we introduced them for the first time he trotted up to her and gave her a big head rub so we knew we were going to be getting something quite special.  We are simply over the moon about the birth of the tiger cub,” zookeeper Paul Kybett said. “It’s a momentous occasion for everyone at ZSL London Zoo and a real cause for celebration”.
Mum and Cub are doing well and will be left alone for a few weeks and monitored by camera until they are ready to once again meet their admiring public.
In the wild the population of the Sumatran tigers is estimated to be only 300 (Three Hundred) and they are in constant threat from poachers and the loss of their natural habitat in the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia. Sumatran tigers are classified on the Red list of critically endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN)

Perhaps its about time that the Governments of Indonesia actually do something radical and put a stop to these poachers.  Perhaps they should catch the poachers and feed them to the Tigers!

By | 2017-01-14T14:30:50+00:00 October 4th, 2013|Pet Insurance, Pet News|0 Comments

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