Tiger cubs take first steps outdoors
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:31a.m.
Two tiger cubs at Frankfurt zoo have taken their first steps into the zoo's outdoor enclosure.
They were born on 4 May, but have had to wait until they were fully vaccinated before being allowed to venture outside.
"Now they can go outside and enjoy the wonderful German summer," said Dr. Manfred Niekisch, director of Frankfurt Zoo.
The Sumatran tiger cubs have been named Taru and Asim. They frolicked in the long grass of their enclosure under the watchful eye of their mother, Malea.
The cubs, who each weigh 12-13kg, did not seem to mind the rainy weather.
Niekisch said the tigers would remain at the zoo for around a year before being sent elsewhere.
"We want to breed more tigers and we need the space," he said.
The Sumatran tiger is threatened by extinction in the wild, and Frankfurt zoo has had a tradition of breeding the rare species since it first acquired some of them in 1949.
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