Rare Sumatran Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

Two newborn Sumatran tiger cubs rest with mother Damai at the National Zoo. (credit: National Zoo)

Newborn Sumatran tiger cubs rest with mother Damai at the National Zoo. (credit: National Zoo)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Zookeepers are celebrating the arrival of two Sumatran tiger cubs born Monday at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington.

Officials say the cubs appear healthy and that mother tiger Damai has been grooming and nursing them.

Veterinarians have been monitoring Damai since June for potential pregnancy when the tiger began gaining weight and exhibiting behavioral changes.

The newborn tiger cubs may be visible on webcam streaming live on the zoo’s website.

Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species with an estimated just 400 to 500 existing in the wild.

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