Chester Zoo’s tiger triplets are in “purrfect” condition after having been examined by vets.
The cubs, born in January to mum Kirana and dad Fabi, were found to be two males and one female.
Gabby Drake, vet at Chester Zoo, said the trio are in great shape. “Sumatran tigers are one of the rarest big cat species in the world and our new triplets are very special cubs indeed,” she said.
“It’s really important for us to make sure they’re healthy and in good physical condition, and we’re happy to report all three have been given a clean bill of health – they’re in tip-top shape.
“The cubs were given similar vaccines to those a pet cat receives when it’s taken to the vets. Of course, we were much more cautious about handling the cubs than we would be with domestic kittens, though. We checked them over as quickly as we could before returning them to their mum Kirana.
“She’s a very good mother and fiercely protective of her young charges, so we certainly didn’t want to hang around for long.”
Sumatran tigers are found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They are the smallest of all tigers and have the narrowest stripes. Critically endangered in the wild, 300-400 are believed to be left as they are often targeted by poachers who use their body parts as traditional medicine.
Much of their jungle habitat has also been destroyed. poll to name the cubs is being run on the zoo’s website. To vote, visit www.chesterzoo.org/cubs