ZSL London Zoo welcomes first tiger cub for 17 years
Tuesday 1 October 2013
Tiger Territory sees its first rare Sumatran tiger cub.
ZSL London Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of our first tiger cub in 17 years!
Proud Mum, Sumatran tiger Melati, gave birth to a single cub at 9:22pm on Sunday 22 September.
For around 105 days, zookeepers have kept the pregnancy under wraps in order to monitor Melati through hidden cameras that were installed to keep an eye on the first-time mum. It is through these cameras that staff were able to record the birth that lasted only six-minutes.
Viewers of the ITV documentary ‘The Zoo’ may recall seeing Mum and Dad’s first meeting at their brand new Tiger Territory. Opened by Prince Phillip in March, Tiger Territory was designed specifically to encourage breeding of this critically endangered and declining sub-species .
Naturally our tiger keepers are thrilled by the news.
Zookeeper Paul Kybett said: “We are simply over-the-moon about the birth of the tiger cub; it’s a momentous occasion for everyone at ZSL London Zoo and a real cause for celebration.
“We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati’s first cub and we didn’t know how she’d react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath.
“The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati’s maternal instincts kicked in immediately, as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around - we couldn’t have asked for a smoother birth!
“It’s still very early days, so we’re leaving Melati alone to take care of her adorable baby, and our cameras allow us to watch them both from a distance - so far she’s proving to be a doting mum.”
Proud parents, Jae Jae and Melati.