Video: Tiger cubs still in cute kitten phase at Tulsa Zoo
By STEPHEN PINGRY World Staff Photographer
My daughter and I were at the Tulsa Zoo last week and happened to be at the tiger exhibit when the three cubs were out on exhibit with their mom.
My daughter and I watched them play like giant kittens and laughed a lot at the tiger cubs until the lion next door roared and scared her so bad we had to leave and check out the penguins.
I decided to go back and take a couple of hours to shoot some photos and video of the “giant kittens” playing and learn a little more about them.
Zookeeper Beth Wegner said the roughly 100-pound Malayan tiger cubs — named Henry, Leon and Ava — were born Aug. 8, 2014.
Unlike house cats, all three love to play in the water. When they aren’t playing with one another, they also like to harass their mom, Jin.
Wegner told me that their birth was planned with the help of the Species Survival Plan, which helps manage species in accredited zoos across the nation.
Recent data has suggested that only 250-340 Malayan tigers remain in the wild. Once the tiger cubs are 18 months old, they will be relocated to other zoos around the nation.
The Tulsa Zoo is hoping to break ground on a new tiger exhibit, “Lost Kingdom: Helmerich Tiger Exhibit.” Learn more about the new exhibit at buildingbeyond.org.
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