Rare tiger cubs born


NEW-BORN. Two rare Sumatran tiger cubs were born this week at the National Zoo in the US. Photo from AFP

Two rare Sumatran tiger cubs are born this week at the National Zoo in the United States. Zookeepers call it a conservation victory for the critically endangered cats. The births late Monday are a first for the tiger mom, Damai. A webcam on the National Zoo’s site shows images of the cubs lounging and rolling in a den with their mom. In a statement, the zoo says, “Not only are our two new Sumatran tiger cubs the cutest cubs in town but they are also a huge conservation success.” There are less than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild. The World Wildlife Fund says the only place where these tigers can be found in the wild is on Sumatra, Indonesia. Poaching and deforestation threaten the species’ survival.

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