Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Triplets for rare Sumatran tiger

A rare Sumatran tiger has given birth to three cubs in western Indonesia

A rare Sumatran tiger has given birth to three cubs in western Indonesia, a zoo official has said.

Arif Makhfud, an official at Taman Rimbo Zoo in the Sumatran province of Jambi, said the nine-year-old mother, Uni, delivered the first cub on Sunday morning, followed by the others in the afternoon.

Zoo keepers have not been able to check the sex of the cubs, said the official.

Uni was taken to Jambi three years ago with Peter, a seven-year-old male from Jakarta. She gave birth to a pair of females two years ago.

The number of Sumatran tigers, the world's most critically endangered tiger sub-species, dwindled to about 400 from around 1,000 in the 1970s due to forest destruction and poaching. Few Sumatran tigers have been bred in captivity.

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