Cleveland Zoo Announces First Birth of Endangered Amur Tiger Cubs in 20 Years

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of two endangered Amur tiger cubs, born early Christmas morning. The pair are the first Amur tigers born at the zoo in 20 years.

The cubs, a male and a female, were born overnight between December 24 and December 25, the zoo said.

Since their birth, the cubs have been bottle-fed five times a day and have been gaining weight while reaching developmental milestones, including opening their eyes and learning how to walk, the zoo said.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo said the cubs, their mom, Zoya, and dad, Hector, are doing well, although they noted in the video that Zoya had “poor maternal behaviors.”

Amur tigers are an endangered species, with an estimated population of only 400-500 remaining in the far eastern side of Russia and northeastern China, the zoo said. Credit: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo via Storyful