Real copycats! Rare Siberian Tiger twins play with their mom Talya days after she gave birth to them at Toledo Zoo
- An Ohio zoo is celebrating after two endangered Siberian tiger cubs were born during the summer
An Ohio zoo is celebrating after twin tiger cubs were born in July weighing at a meaty 15 and 16 pounds respectively.
‘Hold onto your stripes!!! We’ve got paw-sitively exciting news,’ Toledo Zoo said in a post on Facebook. The zoo said that they will hold a gender reveal and a naming competition that will be open to the public.
As of right now, the cubs and their mother, Talya, are doing well. The adorable video announcing their pair’s arrival shows them playing together and with their mother.
‘Talya and the playful cubs are doing well off-exhibit,’ the zoo also said. It not clear when the public will be allowed to meet the two.
The tigers are rare Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers. They are the world’s largest big cat. A fully grown male can reach 10 feet in length and weigh up 660 pounds.
‘[Siberian tigers] have a unique set of stripes that provide crucial camouflage,’ the zoo says on its website.
The typically devour elk and boar in the wild but their food sources have become rare. ‘Other threats to the species include poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss,’ Toledo Zoo said on its website.
An Ohio zoo is celebrating after two endangered Siberian tiger cubs were born during the summer
As of right now, the cubs and their mother, Talya, are doing well
The WildCats Conservation Alliance, there are somewhere between 265 and 486 Siberian tigers in the wild, located in eastern Russia. It’s possible there are some in China and even North Korea.
Talya was born in the 2011, Titan, the twins’ father Titan was brought to Ohio in 2019. He was moved from Nebraska purposefully in order for him to mate with Talya.
A week before the twins’ birth was announced, a 165 giraffe calf was born in the zoo.
In November, Toledo Zoo welcomed a pair of polar bear twins. A competition to name those two resulted in them being named Kallik and Kallu.
The next big birth at the zoo will be the third calf of Renee, an African Elephant, who is due in 2024.
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