Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 8, 2014 3:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Zoo announced their Malayan tiger recently gave birth to two tiger cubs, the first cubs born at the zoo in nearly 25 years.
Zoo director Phil Frost said the cubs were born on July 29 and will stay in the den with their mother until they're old enough to come out into the exhibit.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome these cubs," said Phil Frost, Zoo Director. "The Baton Rouge Zoo is an active participant in tiger conservation, and the birth of these cubs is just one piece of what we do."
Zoo officials said four cubs were initially born to the tigers' mother, but two did not make it.
"Among big cats, first-time mothers can commonly be incompetent in caring for their young which can sometimes result in none of the cubs surviving," said Sam Winslow, Assistant Director and General Curator. "Therefore we were very pleased that two of the four cubs have survived."
There are 500 or fewer of the endangered Malayan tigers left in the wild. The cubs' mother came to Baton Rouge in 2009 from the Fort Worth Zoo, and their father arrived from the Little Rock Zoo in 2012.
The zoo said tiger cubs typically stay in a den with their mother for 8 to 12 weeks, and will only venture out once they're strong enough to independently move around.
Visitors can watch the cubs on the zoo's new "Tiger Cam" outside the exhibit, which is also streamed to the BREC Zoo website.