A trio of endangered Bengal tiger cubs have been welcomed by Lincolnshire’s “premier animal attraction”, The Parrot Zoo in Friskney.

In 2014, the zoo – recognised for being home to the UK’s largest collection of parrots – decided to take on larger animals and, after completing a £75,000 enclosure, was contacted by councils who had a number of animals – including Bengal tigers – in need of a new home.

Bengal tigers are one of the most endangered animals in the world with fewer than 2,000 left.

Steve Nichols, the zoo’s chief executive, explained: “After much deliberation with our vets and staff we decided to take on a wonderful pair of tigers.

“While in our holding facility we were amazed and very excited when the news came through we were also going to be the proud owners of triplets too. This set us off in panic as we then had to redesign the entire inside to make it safe for the babies. Reducing the swimming pool levels, lowering the platforms and so on.

“We had to let the family settle in for a while ‘off show’ before letting anyone know, just to make sure the family was medically fit and let mom spend some quality bonding time with her babies.

“The little cubs, a boy and two girls, are doing spectacularly well and are truly amazing to watch. Our hardest thing now is trying to get staff to do some work as every time we lose someone we just pop our heads around the corner and see them amazed by the sight of these wonderful little creatures”.

“We are probably the only zoo in the UK that has baby Bengal tigers for people to see and that is an astonishing thing for the both The Parrot Zoo and Lincolnshire as a whole.”

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