Tiger Cub Sees For The First Time, Jingga Shows Off Mothering Skills

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- One of the Topeka Zoo's newest tigers got its first glimpse of the world on Monday. In its new tiger Tuesday update, zoo officials said the little cub opened its eyes for the first time.

“It will still take several weeks for its vision to fully develop,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said. “They are gaining weight and appear to be developing well but we still want to get past the two week mark."

The cubs now all weigh between 3.7 and 4.2 pounds are are gaining about a 1/4 pound each day.

Wiley also revealed that zoo officials were a bit worried about the last of the three cubs, which were born just 10 days ago.

"It wasn’t moving as much as the other two and weighed a little less," Wiley said.

The zoo's staff was about to step in when the got a glimpse of what motherhood is all about.

“They are gaining weight and appear to be developing well but we still want to get past the two week mark,” he said.

The public will get their first glimpse of the cubs in person in late July or early August, zoo officials predict. But, the caution, nothing is set in stone yet.

“It all depends on how they are doing,” Wiley said. “We have to give them time to get their feet under them well enough that they can handle our exhibit safely. We keep reminding ourselves that each day is one day closer.”

Posted by: Nick Viviani


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