Wednesday The Potter Park Zoo announced the birth of three Amur tiger cubs. The cubs were born on September 13.
The zoo says the birth was recommended by the Amur Tiger Species Survival Plan.
"We're thrilled that Potter Park Zoo's tigers proved to be a successful breeding pair and are helping to strengthen a sustainable population of Amur tigers worldwide," said Dr. Tara Harris, coordinator of the Amur Tiger SSP and Director of Conservation at Minnesota Zoo.
Officials at Potter Park Zoo say two days after their birth they found out the cubs had pneumonia. They were then taken from their mother and treated with antibiotics. Officials say they are now being hand-fed and raised by Potter Park Zoo's animal care staff and their health has improved drastically.
"We're delighted about the successful birth of these tigers," says Dr. Tara Harrison, veterinarian at Potter Park Zoo. "This marks the third set of Amur tiger cubs born at Potter Park Zoo in the past 20 years. We are proud to play an active role in the conservation of this species."
The three cubs are all girls. They have been named Savelii, Kira and Ameliya.
The cubs' mother, Nikka, came to Lansing in 2009 from Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Sivaki, their father, was born at Potter Park Zoo in 2005.
The cubs will be on exhibit inside the Feline Primate House in early December. But right now the public can watch their activity on a live webcam which is available on the zoo's website, www.potterparkzoo.org