Amur tiger cub trio take first steps outside at wildlife park

The cubs were born at the Highland Wildlife Park in May.

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Three endangered Amur tiger cubs have taken their first steps outside after receiving their health checks at Highland Wildlife Park.

The cubs, two girls and a boy as revealed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), were born at the park in May this year.

The cubs underwent their first health check. (RZSS)
The cubs underwent their first health check. (RZSS)

Keepers and veterinary staff at the wildlife conservation charity carried out the ten-week-old cubs’ first health check last week and say the trio, born to mum Dominika and dad Botzman, will be named soon.  

Vickie Larkin, head keeper of carnivores at the park, told STV News on Monday that it was a “really exciting day” as the cubs ventured out of their den for the first time with their mum.

The three tiger cubs were born in May. (RZSS)
The three tiger cubs were born in May. (RZSS)

She said: “Mum’s been coming out for a few weeks on her own, but the cubs are now ten-weeks this week and they’ve just had their first vaccinations, so we’ve just let them out for the first time.

“And they seem pretty confident following mum around and I think they’re going to get fit really quickly being out here, and it will be good for mum as well to spend a bit more time out here for her own fitness levels.”

The cubs are to be given names soon. (RZSS)
The cubs are to be given names soon. (RZSS)

Anyone planning to visit Highland Wildlife Park must book tickets in advance as visitor numbers are still limited for everyone’s safety.