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Prague Zoo hopeful critically-endangered tiger cubs will survive

Twin Malayan tigers born in the Czech Republic have a good chance of survival, a zoo keeper has said.

The cubs - a male and a female - were born at Prague Zoo on October 3.

So far, only two European zoos have managed to breed the subspecies of tiger, most recently a zoo in Halle, Germany, in 2013.

There are only a few hundred Malayan tigers surviving in the wild in Asia and they are classified as critically endangered.

A key obstacle for breeding is that males are too often aggressive toward their female partners.

Other problems include the inability of a mother to take care of the cubs as well as the risk of disease.

Keeper Pavel Brandl says the 11-year-old mother, Banya, has been doing well and the two cubs are fine.

They will be named in December.

AP

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