Utah's Hogle Zoo debuts three male tiger cubs

Published August 25, 2009 8:17 pm

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More baby animals are making their debut at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

The zoo on Tuesday put three male Amur, formerly known as Siberian, tiger cubs, on public display. The three were born June 2 to mother Basha and father Kazek. Since then they've been out of view while they bonded with their mother and gained strength.

Its Basha's first litter and zookeepers say she is a natural mother. Basha was born at the zoo in 2003.

The Amur tiger is listed as a critically endangered species. Males weigh between 400 and 650 pounds and can be up to 11 feet long. In the wild, they live in eastern Russia and northeast China.

Also born at the zoo this year have been a male giraffe, female elephant, male snow leopard cub and two golden lion tamarin monkeys.