Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs born last week at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are all girls.
The cubs, who have yet to be named, each weigh about 3½ pounds and are starting to open their eyes. They eventually will weigh about 200 pounds.
The litter was born Oct. 8 to mother Jaya and father Malosi.
“Jaya is a very attentive mother to her cubs,” said Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator. “She’s patient with them as they nurse and spends time grooming them.”
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Zookeepers are continuing to monitor the new family with video cameras. The tigers remain in a behind-the-scenes den in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.
Footage shows the cats walking on wobbly legs around their box and moving over one another as they nurse.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered. Only 300 or so remain in the wild. The Tacoma cubs bring the number of Sumatran tigers in accredited North American zoos to 80, which Point Defiance said is its largest number since the 1980s.