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Remark­able footage of Chester Zoo Suma­tran tigress giv­ing birth

pub­lished 19 June 2013 | mod­i­fied 30 May 2014

Sumatran tigress LondonZooOn 2 June two Suma­tran cubs were born in Chester Zoo. It is the Zoo’s Suma­tran tigress 2nd lit­ter, the first was born in 2011. The two new­borns will be off-​exhibit until every­thing checked out all right, and they will be strong enough to face the chal­lenge of being on display.

The birth of the two new cubs took place behind the scenes, but the whole process was cap­tured by the CCTV that was installed in the enclo­sure. The remark­able footage shows the birth of the first of the two cubs, while the father pays no atten­tion at all to the event. He even walks away.

To increase diver­sity of the Suma­tran tiger gene pool in Europe the cubs from the first lit­ter of Chester Zoo’s tigress have moved to other Euro­pean zoos.

The Suma­tran tiger (Pan­thera tigris ssp. suma­trae) breed­ing pro­gramme in which Chester Zoo par­tic­i­pate could prove vital to the sur­vival of this endan­gered species. The num­bers in the wild of Suma­tran tigers are believed to be as few as just 300400, and they are regarded Crit­i­cally Endan­gered accord­ing the IUCN Red List of Threat­ened Species.

(Source: Zooborns, 16.06.2013; Chester Zoo YouTube chan­nel, 06.06.2013)

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