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WATCH: Adorable pictures of rare Sumatran tiger cub

Cub August 2 days old x 2

11:13am 28th August 2017
(Updated 8:36am 29th August 2017)

A rare Sumatran tiger cub has been born at Flamingo Land.

The new arrival is the culmination of seven years of hard work by animal carers in their attempts to protect the critically endangered species.

Three years ago, the same breeding pair, Bawa and Surya, produced triplets which have now gone on to other collections to start their own families.

There are as few as 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, so Flamingo Land has increased the world population levels of the species by 1.3%.

Zoo manager Ross Snipp said: "Although it is early days for our tiger cub, it looks to be very strong and we are very hopeful that this continues.

"Around a month ago, our zoo and vet team believe that she had miscarried, so we were all amazed to find the little cub with its parents on Friday evening.

"We would not normally make this announcement so early, but we are so proud of our work in this particular field that we wanted to give as many children as possible the chance to see him or her before the schools go back."

As yet, the sex of the cub remains unknown.

Gordon Gibb, owner of Flamingo Land, said: "Conservation is our passion and the survival of the Sumatran tigers is one of our key missions.

"Together with our achievements in the field through our Udzungwa Forest Project in Tanzania, we are at the forefront of International Strategic Conservation. We are extremely proud of our efforts."

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