Malcolm Robertson reports on the birth of rare twin tiger cubs at Banham Zoo.
The moment tiger mum Sveta gives birth to one of her twin cubs.
The zoo’s male, Kuzma, who was born at Banham in 2008, was recently ranked as one of the most important males within the breeding programme.
His genes are poorly represented within the captive population so breeding him was considered a high priority. His mate, Sveta, arrived from Lisbon Zoo, Portugal in 2011 and this is their first successful litter together.
Staff at Banham Zoo in Norfolk are celebrating the arrival of twin tiger cubs.
Keepers installed CCTV cameras so that they could monitor their Amur tigress, Sveta, giving birth without disturbing her.
The twins are said to be making excellent progress.