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Rare Sumatran Tiger Gives Birth at London Zoo for First Time in 17 Years: VIDEO


A Sumatran tiger gave birth at the ZSL London Zoo this week for the first time in 17 years. The zoo captured the rare birth on a webcam.

The Guardian reports:

The pregnancy, which lasted about 105 days, was kept secret by zookeepers who kept a careful watch on the first-time mother through hidden cameras so they would not disturb her. The cub was born six months after the opening of "tiger territory" at the zoo, designed to encourage breeding of the critically endangered sub-species of tiger.

Zookeeper Paul Kybett said everyone at the zoo was "over the moon" about the birth.

"We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati's first cub and we didn't know how she'd react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath. The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati's maternal instincts kicked in immediately as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around – we couldn't have asked for a smoother birth."


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  1. Beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen a tiger birth before. This headline piqued my curiosity.

    Posted by: | Oct 4, 2013 11:06:33 AM

  2. Very beautiful.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 4, 2013 11:48:03 AM

  3. We really do live in a world now where it is so easy to lose sight of some of the most incredible sights available to us.
    We all live in a world thatis bombarded with media and technology and generally all carries us away with not a lot of good news..bad news of people ,places and where we're headed always takes first place..but stories like this always bring me back try to how truly spectacular the evolution of life really is...what a beautiful thing it is

    Posted by: darren | Oct 4, 2013 11:50:12 AM

  4. I don't know how to feel about zoos, but at least this one looks like its doing a good job taking care of Melati. Maybe beter than our own Indonesian zoos. Congratulations, Melati!

    Posted by: darkorient | Oct 4, 2013 12:48:02 PM

  5. So, has the mother let the cub start nursing. That's what I was hoping to see. If she doesn't nurse her cub within a certain amount of time, she may still reject it.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 4, 2013 1:49:33 PM

  6. Awww. Agree with the above.

    Posted by: Rowan | Oct 4, 2013 1:53:13 PM

  7. Just one cub? Is that common for this breed of tiger?

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 4, 2013 4:55:31 PM

  8. Yes. Pandas and elephants and other endangered species. Part of the reason they're endangered.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 5, 2013 1:19:44 AM

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