A rare tiger born this week at the San Francisco zoo has many animal lovers in high spirits, TVNZ reported this Friday, Feb. 15. A highly endangered species, a Sumatran tiger gave birth to a small but very healthy cub over the weekend, and the two are reportedly doing just fine.
Zookeepers are currently keeping a close eye on the mother and her newborn baby through webcam only, so that the two may bond together without much human contact.
The mother tiger, Leanne, is one of only an estimated 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, making the rare tiger born headline all the more important for this endangered species.
“All signs [of the cub being healthy] seem positive so far,” said one curator from the Zoo. “The mom and cub are bonding ... active and eating a lot.”
The unnamed tiger cub’s gender remains unknown until its check-up in two weeks’ time, and its birth marks the first Sumatran tiger born in the U.S. since 2008.