Jambi (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Uni, a 9-year-old Sumatran tiger at Taman Rimba Zoo in Jambi, Indonesia, gave birth to three cubs on Sunday and they are reportedly in good health.
The head of the zoo, Adrianis, said yesterday that a special team of zoo staff had been deployed to take care of Uni and her three babies in their cage while her 7-year-old mate, Peter, was isolated in another cage to prevent him from killing the newborns.
"The team has yet to ascertain the newborns' sex because they are still in a delicate condition," he said by telephone.
Adrianis added that this was the second time Uni had given birth after she was transferred from the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta in 2009. Last year, Uni gave birth to two female cubs named Mayang and Ayu, and both are being raised in the zoo.
He said that he had proposed to the provincial government that it raise the zoo's budget next fiscal year because of the increasing population of Sumatran tigers in the zoo, or to offer the transfer of Uni's first offspring to other zoos in other provinces.