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Adorable Amur Tiger Cubs Delight Visitors with Playful Antics at Banham Zoo (VIDEO)


At Chelyabinsk Zoo, lioness Lola recently delighted animal lovers by giving birth to triplet cubs. Meanwhile, Banham Zoo in Norfolk has become a focal point of joy with the birth of Amur tiger cubs, born to first-time mother Mishka on October 7.

The cubs, one male, and one female, have captivated visitors and staff alike. The zoo announced their genders this week but has yet to name them.

Watch the video at the end.

These births are especially significant as Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are endangered, with only about 500 individuals left in the wild. Each new captive birth offers hope for the species’ survival.

At seven weeks old, the tiger cubs begin exploring their enclosure under Mishka’s careful watch. Mishka, who joined Banham Zoo from Woburn Safari Park in May as part of the European Breeding Programme, was chosen as a mate for the zoo’s resident male Amur tiger, 13-year-old Kuzma, due to their genetic compatibility.

Amur tigers are the most significant big cats, with males reaching up to 360kg and weighing 2.3 meters.

These majestic creatures primarily inhabit Russian forests and are known for their solitary nature and territorial marking.

To ensure the cubs’ safety and comfort, Banham Zoo keepers have provided Mishka with a specially designed cubbing box inside one of the dens. Oliver Lewis-McDonald, the team leader of carnivores, reports that both cubs are thriving and confidently navigating between their indoor dens.

Despite their young age, the cubs are already showcasing unique personalities. The female cub is slightly more confident and vocal, while her brother quickly catches up and explores their surroundings.

Recently, the cubs ventured outside their den for the first time, experiencing the outdoor enclosure under Mishka’s vigilant supervision. They also met their father, Kuzma, in a carefully managed introduction for the first time.

Lewis-McDonald describes Kuzma’s initial reaction as cautious, allowing Mishka to lead the interactions with the cubs.

As the cubs grow more mobile, they are expected to become increasingly curious about their father, leading to more interactions among the trio.