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