CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of two Amur tiger cubs Thursday.
They are the first tigers born in Cleveland in 20 years, according to the Zoo.
The cubs, a male and female, were born overnight between December 24 and December 25, and are being hand-reared by a team of experts.
Amur tigers are an endangered species.
The Zoo says they have an estimated population of only 400-500 in their native range in the far eastern side of Russia and northeastern China.
Over the past few weeks, the cubs have been bottle-fed five times a day and have been gaining weight.
They’ve recently opened their eyes and begun to walk.
Once they are a few months old they will live at the Zoo’s Rosebrough Tiger Passage with their parents.
Both mom, Zoya, and dad, Hector, are doing well, the Zoo reports.