Minnesota Zoo Only One of Two Newborn Tiger Cubs Survived

Minnesota Zoo: Only One of Two Newborn Tiger Cubs Survived

 

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Two Amur tiger cubs were born June 17 at the Minnesota Zoo. Only one survived the first few days and is now being hand-raised by zoo staff.

 

An endangered Amur tiger cub was born at the Minnesota Zoo – and it’s so darn cute, you won’t be able to contain yourself from saying “Awwwww” when you check out the video.

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Here are the details on the baby’s birth from the zoo’s press release:

Two cubs were born June 17, after an approximately 105 day gestation period. After observing the mother and cubs overnight, Zoo staff decided to pull the cubs for hand raising because the mother was not showing the quality of maternal care that staff felt she needed to successfully raise the cubs. Only one cub – the larger of the two and the second born – survived the critical first few days. Approximately two thirds of Amur tiger cubs survive the first 30 days. The female cub will remain off exhibit while Zoo staff cares for her. This is the first offspring for both parents, mother, Angara and father, Molniy.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/cities/archive/2012/06/baby-tiger-cub-at-the-minnesota-zoo.shtml

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