Posted: Aug 22, 2014 11:44 AM by Brock Sues
Updated: Aug 22, 2014 12:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Zoo's newest additions, two female tiger cubs born on July 29, received their first veterinary check-up and were issued a clean bill of health earlier this week.
During the check-up, the yet to be named cubs weighed in at a healthy four pounds and 3.2 pounds. They have nearly doubled in size since their birth only three weeks ago.
At three weeks old, the cubs' eyes are now open, although their eyesight will remain cloudy for the next couple of weeks as they continue to grow. Both cubs are now able to stand on all four paws and their adorable first attempts at walking can be glimpsed on the zoo website's Tiger Cam.
BREC plans to ask for the public's help in the coming weeks to come up with names for the duo of soon-to-be big cats. Until then, the baby tigers will remain in the den with their mother for several more weeks as they continue to gain strength and independence.
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo Tiger Cam, which streams the cubs den activity in real time, has been a popular web destination for the admiring public since it went live upon the much anticipated arrival of the cubs. Since the stream's launch, it has been viewed for more than 8,400 hours in 30,000 online viewing sessions with viewers from more than 40 countries.
To access the Tiger Cam, visit www.brzoo.org/tigercam.