JAKARTA, Three critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, have been born in the Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) said, yesterday.
The three tiger cubs were suckling on their mother, when officials came to their enclosure, the agency’s acting head, Irzal Azhar, said.
“The cubs appear in good health and still can’t open their eyes,” Azhar added.
The officials have not been able to identify the gender of the three young tigers as their enclosure is too large and covered by bushes. Even a surveillance camera located there cannot monitor the carnivores well.
Their parents are female Gadis and male Monang, that were evacuated to the Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary, after being caught in snares, in conflict with humans.
Gadis was saved from Mandailing Natal district in 2016, with a snare that caused the amputation of her right front paw, while Monang was moved from a plantation in Simalungun district in 2017.
On Dec 8, 2018, Gadis gave birth to two tiger cubs, a female and a male, named Citra Kartini and Surya Manggala, that are now being prepared to be released into the wild.
Currently, Monang is kept in a separate cage for the safety of Gadis and their five children.
Source: Nam News Network