Witnesses describe the scene of a Sumatran tiger’s birth as a miracle.
As there are fewer than 600 Sumatran tigers in the world, and it’s on the critically endangered list, experts at the Australia Zoo carefully monitored Kaitlyn’s pregnancy. They wanted to make sure her two male cubs were properly cared for when they entered the world, hoped to ensure their survival.
Giles Clark, a zoo expert, said, “We can’t risk the Sumatran tiger going extinct like its cousins, the Bali and Javan tiger. As a first-time mother, it’s even more important for the zookeepers to watch the birth of Kaitlyn’s cubs closely. They need to be ready to jump in at a moment’s notice if something goes wrong.”
But, despite their efforts, the first cub she delivered struggled to breathe. Caretakers were concerned as they watched the scene as the cub continued to gasp for more than two minutes.
They thought about intervening, however, Kaitlyn knew just what to do to help her baby survive.
She began lapping the infant in earnest with her tongue, not only to clean him, but also to help him breathe as the motion stimulated its lungs. For a long while, he didn’t stir, but Kaitlyn persisted in stroking and lapping him.
Finally, he took a breath, and it was a wonderful sight to see. Everyone who took in the scene was moved, said they’d witnessed a miracle.
The Australia Zoo caught the birth on video. See this incredible event for yourself in this video. Watch as this sweet mama tiger saves her baby’s life. It will bring you tears of joy.
Kaitlyn’s second cub was born “kicking and screaming.”
Tigers are amazing creatures! Let’s hope Kaitlyn’s precious cubs prosper.
And perhaps they will, for the next morning, the cubs were doing well. Here’s a video that follows the cubs through their first few weeks. Enjoy the cuteness!
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