Attention animals lovers, there are three new furry creatures for you to love!
On Tuesday, the three-week-old endangered Sumatran tiger cubs made their first public appearance crawling and sniffing around their habitat at the Chester Zoo in England. Under the watchful eye of eight-year-old mom Kirana the trio cubs emerged from their den to experience the world.
The furry trio, who are yet to be named, were born on January 2nd Kirana after a 105-day pregnancy.
"We’re thrilled to kick off 2015 with these special arrivals. These tiny triplets who, in June, will move to a brand new home in our Islands zone, are now part of a safety-net against the population in the wild becoming extinct. That to me is incredibly humbling." Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at Chester Zoo, said.
"Sumatran tigers are one of the rarest big cat species in the world. That’s what makes our new tiger trio so incredibly special – they’re a rare boost to an animal that’s critically endangered," Rowlands said. "It's still early days but Kirana is an experienced mum and she's keeping her cubs very well protected. She's doing everything we would hope at this stage.”
This is the third time Kirana has produced at the Chester Zoo with the first in October 2011 and the second in June 2013.