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3 Malayan tiger cubs born at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Tampa, Florida -- Cute Alert! Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31.

Each cub, two males and a female, weighs between six and seven pounds and are being monitored around the clock.

Park vets say one of the male cubs is suffering from anemia and has developed a rare but benign skin condition that also occurs in both wild and domestic felines. The condition is being monitored by Busch Gardens' veterinarians. The cub is currently in serious condition and is undergoing treatments.

Park officials are especially excited about these births because Malayan tigers are critically endangered with scientists estimating only 500 left in the wild.

These cubs are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens Tampa and the first offspring for both the mother Bzui and father Mata.

The births are part of park's partnership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. There are currently just over 50 Malayan tigers in the Species Survival Plan.

In approximately one month, Busch Gardens says the animal care team will start introducing the cubs to the Jungala habitat. The cubs will rotate separate sessions on the habitat with the Bengal tiger groups that currently reside there. Until then the cubs will remain behind the scenes with their mother and keepers. 

You can follow the cubs progress on BuschGardensTampaBlog.com.

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