Search

WATCH: London Zoo welcomes three newborn tiger cubs to its ranks

04:00 13 March 2014

Melati the Sumatran tiger and her three cubs at London Zoo.

Melati the Sumatran tiger and her three cubs at London Zoo.

Archant

London Zoo has unveiled its latest arrivals – three critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs.

The as-yet unsexed tiger cubs were born on February 3 to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati, following a 106-day pregnancy.

And the zookeepers have captured the cubs’ first moments on hidden cameras.

Zookeeper Teague Stubbington said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with our new arrivals, and with how Melati is responding to her three cubs.

“We’ve been observing them 24/7, and one of us is always on duty to keep an eye on the little ones throughout the night. We’ve even been able to observe key milestones like their eyes opening and their tentative first steps.”

One imagines the zookeepers have kept an extra careful watch on Melati and her triplets in light of the death of Melati’s first cub, which drowned in a pool inside the enclosure last year. The cub was the first tiger born at London Zoo in 17 years.

The zoo kept the latest arrival of the tiger cubs under wraps for a month while new mum Melati relaxed and adjusted to life with her newborns.

“While we still don’t know whether they’re boys or girls, we’re starting to see their personalities develop. We’ve nicknamed one Trouble, as it’s much bolder than the others – it was the first to start exploring its den and we’ve spotted it waking up its siblings when they fall asleep!” said Mr Stubbington.

The zookeepers will reveal footage of the tiger cubs throughout March on the London Zoo YouTube channel.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Waist-deep in water, a lifeguard pulls the terrified dog from the Model Boating Pond on Hampstead Heath. Picture: Ron Vester

A 15-year-old blind dog was pulled to safety after falling into the icy waters of Hampstead Heath ponds.

15:00
Highgate Mental Health Centre

A mental health patient hanged herself on a hospital ward in between checks by nurses, an inquest has heard.

14:49
Jessica Learmond-Criqui. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Campaigners bidding to stop Tesco moving to Belsize Park took their fight to the council with a deputation urging a more “holistic” approach to trader applications.

11:24
Cllr Stephen Stark

Camden’s Labour group have furiously rejected claims they have not shown enough support to the Jewish community in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Most read news

The iPhone maker has broken financial records, and we’ve got the eye-watering numbers to prove it.

The iPhone maker smashed financial records and expectations when it announced its latest round of results.

14 office blocks have all been legally protected from demolition because apparently, they’re of “special interest” to the country.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder