Sumatran cubs born at the Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA, Kansas – Three Sumatran Tiger cubs were born at the Topeka Zoo Sunday.

Mother Jingga gave birth to the first cub around noon, and a couple hours later the third cub was confirmed.

“We are elated,” Zoo Director Brendan Wiley said. “But we aren’t out of the woods yet. It is crucial that we observe the cubs nursing within the first 24 hours and we haven’t seen that yet.”

Jingga has her cubs tucked away in a den box located in an interior holding space. Observations are being made through video from a camera installed in the den box.

For the next two weeks, access to the zoo’s tiger holding building will be extremely limited. “We want Jingga to feel safe as she gets to know her cubs,” Wiley said. “We don’t want to take any chances.”

The cubs are expected to be on display in about 90 days. 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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