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Endangered tiger cubs born at Longleat Safari Park

Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park has welcomed two new, very cute, arrivals.

A pair of endangered Amur tiger cubs have been born at the Wiltshire safari park - the first of their kind in nearly 20 years.

Video credit: Longleat Safari Park

Brother and sister cubs have a lot of growing to do before they are independent of their mum. Credit: Longleat Safari Park

The cubs, one male and one female weighed around a kilogram at birth and were born with their eyes closed.

Mum and Dad, Yana and Red, are each four years old and are part of a European breeding programme for the endangered sub-species.

Brother and sister cubs have a lot of growing to do before they are independent of their mum. Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Keeper Caleb Hall says the team are "extremely pleased" with how things are going so far with the new arrivals.

The cubs are born with their eyes closed and will only drink milk for the first six to eight weeks before being gradually weaned onto a meat diet by mum.

The nature of tigers means Yana is a very protective parent and they do best being looked after solely by her with no extra attention from keepers.

– Caleb Hall, Longleat Keeper
The cubs had a specially built area ready for their arrival. Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Once fully grown, the Amur tiger can weigh up to 300kg and measure more than three metres in length.

The young cubs have a way to go before then, but they will certainly be working on their roars!

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