Sumatran Tiger Cub Born at National Zoo

Sumatran tiger gives birth to triplets at Oklahoma City Zoo

Sumatran tiger gives birth to triplets at Oklahoma City Zoo

The cub was born on Tuesday afternoon to the zoo's 8-year-old Sumatran tiger Damai.

The National Zoo in Washington D.C. has welcomed the birth of a Sumatran tiger cub. The cub's father is 13-year-old Sparky, who came from the Louisville Zoo in 2016. They're also allowing time for the mom and cub to bond, which means it may be some time before veterinarians can determine the gender of the cub. Keepers watched the birth via a closed-circuit camera and continue to closely monitor the cub, which appears to be nursing, moving and behaving normally.

Damai has given birth once before, in 2013, to twins (Sumatran tigers typically have a litter of between one and three cubs). While zoo-goers can visit Sparky and Bandar, Damai and the cub will not be available for spectators immediately.

Lola and the triplets likely will stay away from public view for several more weeks until the cubs are big enough to start exploring the Cat Forest habitat.

Sumatran tiger Dumai and her unnamed cub are pictured at the National Zoo on July 12.

The cub will not be on exhibit until the fall, after it has had several medical exams, vaccinations and it has passed a swim test.

Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute work for the protection of tigers and other endangered animals.

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