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Three Sumatran tiger cubs born at Point Defiance Zoo

Three Sumatran tiger cubs were born early Wednesday at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The new family is in a behind-the-scenes den in the Asian Forest Sanctuary and is being monitored via video camera. Veterinarians have yet to physically check on the cubs, zoo officials said.

Jaya, the mother, gave birth to the trio between 2:35 a.m. and 4:05 a.m. The father is Malosi.

The gender of the cubs is not yet known. Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator, said all three appeared healthy and were nursing.

This is the fourth litter for Jaya, 11, and the third for Malosi, 6.

The new births bring the total of endangered Sumatran tigers at Point Defiance to eight. Bima, 4, Dumai, 2, and Kali, 1, were all born at the zoo to Jaya.

Accredited North American zoos have 79 Sumatran tigers. An estimated 300 remain in the wild on the island of Sumatra.

A date has not been set for the cubs to go on display for public viewing.

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