When first-time mom Cinta gave birth to three Malayan tiger cubs on February 3, her maternal instincts did not kick in and she was unable to care for them.
“It’s not uncommon for first-time tiger moms not to know what to do. They can be aggressive and even harm or kill the cubs,” said Mike Dulaney, curator of mammals and vice coordinator of the Malayan Tiger SSP, in a statement. “
That’s when nursery staff at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden stepped up to help. Since staff was afraid that the cubs; body temperatures would drop too low without the warmth of their mother’s body, they decide to remove them from the den.
The cubs will remain in the nursery and will receive proper care until they are ready to be moved to Cat Canyon when they’re weaned and no longer require round the clock care.
The zoo uploaded a video showing the cubs for the first time, and they are just as adorable as you’d suspect! Aside from their cuteness, these tiger cubs offer some much-needed genetic diversity to the Malayan tiger gene pool. With fewer than 500 big cats in the wild, it’s important to make a strong effort in maintaining the Malayan tiger species. Their species is considered endangered due to poaching and habitat destruction.