Topeka Zoo staff preparing for birth of tiger cubs

Topeka Zoo (KSN File Photo)
Topeka Zoo (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka Zoo staffers are preparing for the birth of two or three Sumatran tiger cubs as early as this week, and their plan includes time indoors and late-night checks for the mother.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that starting Wednesday, staff will bring pregnant tiger Jingga inside at noon, in case she goes into labor during the day. The zoo expects the routine to continue until Jingga’s labor starts.

Her due date is May 1.

Animal care supervisor Shanna Simpson said tigers typically give birth at night, when it is quiet and safe. Staff members will start this week to check between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for signs of labor.

The zoo sees the births as important because only about 500 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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