Three Sumatran tiger cubs born in New Zealand

June 18th, 2008 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, June 18 (DPA) A Sumatran tiger, one of the world’s most endangered animals, has given birth to triplets at the Auckland Zoo, officials announced Wednesday. The mother, Molek, gave birth June 12, and keepers, who deliberately kept their distance to let her bond with the infant, thought there was only one cub, but a second was identified Tuesday, and then a closed-circuit camera picked up a third.

There are believed to be about 400 Sumatran tigers living in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and 160 in captivity.

Molek and the father, Oz, are part of a regional captive breeding programme designed to ensure survival of the species.

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