Tiger cubs meet admirers in Qld

Tiger cubs meet admirers in Qld

Published 3:48p.m. 23rd July 2008

By Crystal Ja

Updated 5:43p.m. 23rd July 2008

At just six weeks old, Sumatran tiger cubs Jaya, Shanti and Ndari mean business when it comes to having fun.

Dreamworld’s newest attractions played up for the public and the cameras as they embarked on their first meet-and-greet with visitors on Wednesday.

Shilo Kwocksun, four, was one of eight lucky people able to get up close and personal with the triplets, born to tiger mum Soraya last month.

The three female cubs have previously only been viewed from behind a glass partition in their nursery at the Gold Coast theme park.

“For the first time, members of the public had one-on-one time with the cubs and their handlers,” handler Patrick Martin-Vegue said.

“They’re cute, cuddly and the size of a puppy, but not for long.

“The cubs grow at a rate of around one kilogram a week, so the best time to see them is now, while they’re at their cutest.”

Members of the public will be allowed to have their own close encounters with the cubs over the next two months.

Jaya, which means victory in Indonesian, Ndari (“full moon”) and Shanti (“inner peace”) are the newest additions to the theme park’s Tiger Island, following older cub Sali’s arrival from Perth in May.



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