Real imitators! Rare Siberian tiger twins play with their mother Talya days after she gave birth to them at the Toledo Zoo
- An Ohio zoo is celebrating the birth of two endangered Siberian tiger cubs over the summer.
An Ohio zoo is celebrating the birth of twin tigers in July, weighing 15 and 16 pounds, respectively.
‘Keep your stripes!!! We have some extremely exciting news,” the Toledo Zoo said in a Facebook post. The zoo announced it would host a gender reveal and naming contest that would be open to the public.
So far, the cubs and their mother, Talya, are doing well. The adorable video announcing their couple’s arrival shows them playing together and with their mother.
“Talya and the mischievous little ones are doing well off exhibit,” the zoo also said. It’s unclear when the public will be allowed to meet the two.
The tigers are rare Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers. It is the largest feline in the world. An adult male can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh 660 pounds.
“(Siberian tigers) have a unique set of stripes that provide crucial camouflage,” the zoo says on its website.
They typically devour elk and wild boars in the wild, but their food sources have become scarce. “Other threats to the species include poaching for the illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss,” the Toledo Zoo said on its website.
An Ohio zoo is celebrating the birth of two endangered Siberian tiger cubs over the summer.
So far, the cubs and their mother, Talya, are doing well.
According to the WildCats Conservation Alliance, there are between 265 and 486 Siberian tigers in the wild, located in eastern Russia. There may be some in China and even North Korea.
Talya was born in 2011, Titan, the twins’ father, Titan, was brought to Ohio in 2019. He was deliberately moved from Nebraska so he could mate with Talya.
A week before the twins’ birth was announced, a 165-year-old giraffe calf was born at the zoo.
In November, the Toledo Zoo welcomed a pair of polar bear twins. A competition to name these two resulted in them being named Kallik and Kallu.
The next big birth at the zoo will be the third calf of Renée, an African elephant, who is expected to be born in 2024.