Tiger cubs born in private German facility

6.33, Tue Jun 12 2007

Newborn Bengal tiger twins are being reared by a pair of feline fanatics in Germany.

Peter Schweikhard and his partner Monika Habel from Ingelheim in Western Germany are raising the two Asian tigers in a specialist zoo.

The male tigers were born to Bengal tiger Mara at the Tiger Garden Ingelheim, which already houses five adult tigers.

Mr Schweikhard said: “One cub has a normal weight between 1200 and 1300 grams. The other one weighed in at 1800 grams, he is a very large chap”.

“The mother has taken on the upbringing completely, there are no problems taking them out when we want to feed the little one”. Apart from that, the mother rears them by herself.

Mr Schweikhard and Monika Habel started their stripy venture in the middle of the eighties when the local zoo went bankrupt.

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