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Sumatran tiger cubs newest additions to LA Zoo

December 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Sumatran tiger cubs showed off their stripes to adoring visitors at the Los Angeles Zoo on Thursday.

"They're having fun, playing, playing in the pond running around with mom," said tiger keeper Stephanie Zielinski.

There were three cubs born at the zoo on August 6, but only two survived. The cubs only weigh 40 pounds now, but when they are fully grown they will weigh anywhere between 300 to 350 pounds.

There are only less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the world, and having the opportunity to see the cubs at the Los Angeles Zoo is a rare treat for visitors.

"It's amazing. The instinct the cubs have with the mom and how much they play, and how gentle the mom is with them, it's great to see. And their markings are just beautiful," said visitor Maria Macias of Los Angeles.

Lulu, the tigers' mother, has had success raising cubs in the past and appears to be doing a good job so far with her newest babies.

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