The newborn Sumatran tiger triplets in Tacoma will get names soon.
Mom Jaya gave birth to the cubs Oct. 8 and has been taking good care of them since at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Zoo keepers have hand-reared two of Jaya’s other cubs in previous years, when she became inattentive, but they said Wednesday that she has been nursing the triplets attentively behind the scenes.
The cubs will probably be on display in a little more than a month, but the zoo hasn’t set a date for their debut.
Zoo staff members chose the following names, all from the Indonesian language of Bahasa Indonesia, for the public to vote on: Dari (full moon, because the cubs were born during a full moon), Kirana (beautiful sunbeam), Asmara (love), Indah (beautiful one), Merah (blushful) and Diah (young female).
Votes can be cast at pdza.org/cubs until Nov. 13. The winning names will be announced the next day.
Sumatran tigers are native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where about 300 of the endangered animals live in the wild.