Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tiger Cubs

We were fortunate enough to see the newborn tiger cubs born at the zoo last September 15th. The public was allowed to see them on December 20th. Our visit was on the Wednesday, December 24th, 2008. When we got there they were vert sleepy but Gregg managed to take several photos of them .




By this time I was feeling just like they were. In all these photos you can see an extra set of ears. We could make out two cubs and the third was probably there but out of sight of our camera.

Their parents are Sumatran tigers Chrissie and Berani, and this was the first litter of tigers born at the zoo in more than 25 years. The cubs are three males named Malosi, Keahi and Tondi.
Chrissie was monitored closely during her 107-day gestation period. She stopped eating Sunday and that apparently is a sign that birth is near. She was brought to a holding area where she gave birth on the Monday night.

You can see more photos of them at the zoo’s website here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sumatran Tiger, you can more information here.
I have just found the meaning of those beautiful names for the cubs.
Malosi - Samoan: strong, powerful
Keahi - Hawaiian: fire
Tondi - Indonesian: spiritual one


Mary said...

Oh, how very cute! Wonderful photos!

The Grandpa said...

Those are really great pictures. And funny.

Rune said...

Very cute and beautiful. :)

The Birdlady said...

Aren't they beautiful?!

Cloudia said...

Wow, you win; much better shots of the kits than I got the day before!

Funny, i never saw the third either....aloha-
You can see my tiger post via:

Cloudia said...

Your security word was Hawaiian Pidgin: CULATERS (see you laters)
you're becoming Hawaiian!

Kathy said...

Awww those are adorable. When their that size its hard to imagine them being man eaters. I enjoyed reading your blog. I have you bookmarked to stop back again. Hope you have a wonderful week.

mountain.mama said...

I came for SkyWatch but really enjoyed the tiger cubs instead. How wonderful.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Beautiful, beautiful animals. How lovely to see the cubs too.

A x

ascu75 aka Don said...

wonderfull first elephants now Tigers my son will be so jealous he loves tigers

liveberlin said...

So cute! Very nice series!

Rose said...

Now I wouldn't mind having a hand in helping take care of these little ones--adorable.