‘Cubcam’ captures first moments after rare tiger is born at London Zoo

London Zoo celebrated the birth of one of the rarest tigers in the world as part of a global effort to save the endangered species.

Photos from the zoo show the ten-year-old Sumatran tigress Gaysha, who cleans and feeds her tiny cub just a few hours after its birth in the early morning hours of December 12th.

Sumatran tigers from Indonesia are the rarest and smallest subspecies of tigers, with the latest numbers suggesting only 300 live in the wild.

The eyes of the newborn tigers remain closed for the first few days after birth, and the cub remains hidden in the brood cavity until the first vaccination, when veterinarians and zookeepers can also determine its sex.

However, the zoo’s hidden “Cubcam” managed to capture some milestones, including the boy’s first wobbly steps.

Keeper Lucy Reed said, “The stocky little boy does really well in Mommy’s excellent care and definitely follows Papa Asim in terms of size and strength. We knew Gaysha was about to come of age as we had seen her belly grow fast for the past few weeks, so we made her a special boys cave in anticipation.

“At the moment we are still keeping a close eye on Cubcam, but we are also careful not to disturb the family so that they can get together.”

The almost three-week-old cub was born almost to the day since Gaysha first came to London Zoo from Denmark.

Originally expected as part of a threesome, the boy’s two siblings did not survive labor.

However, giving birth is still a boost to a global breeding program that works with zoos from around the world to protect the species.

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