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Endangered Malayan tiger cubs born at Busch Gardens

Published:   |   Updated: May 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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Three extremely rare Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens on Sunday.

The litter consists of two males and one female, each weighing between 6 and 7 pounds.

The births are part of a cooperative conservation effort for the critically endangered species. Scientists estimate only 500 of the tigers remain in the wild, a Busch Gardens news release said.

The species is native to the southern tip of Thailand and the Malay peninsula.

The cubs are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens Tampa and the first offspring for both the mother Bzui and father Mata. 

The cubs, along with Bzui and Mata, are not on display yet, and are currently being monitored around the clock by the park's animal care team.

One of the male cubs is being treated for anemia and a feline skin condition and is in serious condition, the park said.

Busch Gardens plans to start introducing the cubs into its Jungala habitat in about a month.

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