Congrats to the new mom! Sumatran tiger gives birth at local zoo (VIDEO)

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TACOMA — Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium early Wednesday appear in good health, zoo officials said Wednesday.

The cubs were born to mother Jaya at 2:35 a.m., 3:45 a.m. and 4:05 a.m., the zoo’s general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said.

Zoo officials will monitor the cubs around the clock to ensure the mother is caring for them behind the scenes at the zoo’s Asian Forest Sanctuary area. Goodrowe Beck said it will be several days before the zoo can assess the health of the cubs and perhaps learn their genders.

The zoo is planning on periodically posting video clips and  pictures to their website here.

Sumatran tigers are critically engangered, with an estimated 300 species remaining in the wild. This is the fourth litter of cubs for Jaya, 11, and the second for father Malosi.

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