Los Feliz News
The cubs and their mother Lulu were scheduled to enter the Tiger Plaza habitat at 10 a.m., when they were expected to be most active. Thereafter, the tigers would be on and off exhibit throughout the day so as to allow the Zoo's male Sumatran tiger, Manning, some outdoor time.
Born in early August as part of Lulu's third litter, the two cubs remained off-exhibit under their mother's care and that of zoo keepers until they were ready to make their world debut. Though their development since that time was related by zoo staff via its official website.
The zoo now describes the cubs as being "cute, energetic and playful." Their time off-exhibit has allowed them to become developed enough to navigate Tiger Plaza's water features and obstacle courses on their own.
The birth of what were initially three male cubs was described an "important milestone" in preserving the Sumatran tiger species, which is endangered because of poaching, violent conflicts with villagers who live near their natural environment and habitat loss. But the zoo lost a cub born into the litter in September because of head trauma.
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