Three rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Indonesia zoo

November 14, 2012
Three four-week-old cubs at Medan Zoo in northern Sumatra on November 14. Manis, a 14-year-old critically endangered Sumatran tiger, gave birth to the three cubs on October 18, just over a year after she bore three male cubs.

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has given birth to three cubs at an Indonesian zoo, a veterinarian at the facility said Wednesday.

"She gave birth naturally, without human intervention. The three cubs are all healthy. Two are male, while we haven't been able to get close to the other to identify it," Suci Terawan, a vet at Medan Zoo in northern Sumatra, told AFP.

The 13-year-old Sumatran tiger named Manis, or Sweetie in English, gave birth to the cubs on October 18, just over a year after she successfully bore three male cubs, Terawan said.

"This is our latest contribution in conserving the critically ," he said, adding that the zoo now has six cubs, and two male and one female adult.

Earlier this year a at a zoo on the island's Jambi province gave birth to three cubs, but only two survived.

Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild, say, with several dying each year as a result of traps, poaching and other .

Explore further: Rare Sumatran tiger gives birth to three cubs

Related Stories

Shar Pei nurses 2 endangered tiger cubs in Russia

June 6, 2012

(AP) — Two Siberian tiger cubs abandoned in Russia by their mother have found an unusual wet nurse — a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, a zoo worker said Wednesday.

Endangered Sumatran rhino gives birth in Indonesia

June 23, 2012

A critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros was born Saturday at an Indonesian sanctuary, only the fourth birth in captivity in more than a century, boosting survival hopes for the species, say conservationists.

Rare Sumatran rhino pregnancy offers hope to species

February 2, 2012

A Sumatran rhino which is 10-months pregnant is receiving special medical care after suffering two miscarriages, a conservationist said Thursday, fuelling hope for the critically-endangered species.

Recommended for you

Mating induces sexual inhibition in female jumping spiders

October 18, 2017

After mating for the first time, most females of an Australian jumping spider are unreceptive to courtship by other males, and this sexual inhibition is immediate and often lasts for the rest of their lives, according to ...

Understanding the coevolving web of life as a network

October 18, 2017

Coevolution, which occurs when species interact and adapt to each other, is often studied in the context of pair-wise interactions between mutually beneficial symbiotic partners. But many species have mutualistic interactions ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.