MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) – The Milwaukee County Zoo welcomed three new additions into the world. The zoo on Wednesday announced the births of three Amur tiger cubs, also known as Siberian tigers.
The cubs were born on September 14. All three are healthy, as is the mother, Amba.
They’ve been kept with their mother for nursing and monitored regularly since their birth, and last weighed in at five-and-a-half to almost 7 pounds.
The zoo says their immune systems are still developing and their eyes are open but they’re still too young to focus their gaze. Cubs begin walking at about 3 weeks old, and the zoo says the trio is “learning to get their legs under them.”
This is the second litter for Amba, but it’s the first tiger litter born at the Milwaukee County Zoo since 2009.
Their father is Strannik.
As cute as they are, the cubs have importance beyond the zoo’s walls. The Milwaukee County Zoo says there are fewer than 500 Amur tigers left in the wild, and there are fewer than 3,200 tigers of all types left in Asia due to habitat loss, poaching and illegal trafficking.
The Milwaukee County Zoo says the cubs will make their public debut in the coming weeks. Updates will be posted on the zoo’s Facebook page.