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Zoo’s Newborn Tiger Cubs Introduced to the Public

October 3, 2011 11:00 AM | News

Two Amur tiger cubs come out of their den to show off for the public at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Monday, October 3, 2011. The cubs, one male and one female, were born in late July and have been in hiding since. (JENNA CUMBERS / METRO WINNIPEG)

Two Amur tiger cubs born over the summer at Assiniboine Park Zoo were unveiled to the public today.

The cubs — one male and one female — were born at the end of July and don’t yet have names.

Zoo officials are asking the public to participate in a poll on their official Facebook page beginning at noon. There are three sets of names to choose from and the poll will be open until midnight on Thursday, October 6.

Kendra, the zoo’s 12-year-old Amur tiger (also known as a Siberian tiger) gave birth to the two healthy cubs on July 29. They have spent the last several weeks in their den during these early stages of development and are now ready to start exploring their habitat.

Visitors to the zoo weren’t expecting to be among the first to see the cubs on Monday, but were pleasantly surprised when they stumbled upon the exhibit.

The two cubs appear to definitely be a popular attraction for the zoo, which is currently in the midst of a drastic revitalization phase.