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Hide! The Tiger's Mouth is Open Wide! (Zsl London Zoo Edition)
He climbed North Korea's highest peak? Click to expand. Replay Video. Our team of vets took the cub to the veterinary hospital on site, to run tests and give him extra care and attention. Sadly, his condition deteriorated rapidly, and he became unable to walk. The veterinary team, alongside keepers, made the difficult decision to put him to sleep.
Our other three cubs are in good health, and remain with mum Naya and dad Botzman in their enclosure. They're coming on leaps and bounds in their play, coordination and weaning. We have also started to see some more individual personalities appearing, with some being more confident and playful than the others. Though Botzman still sometimes prefers to sit up on the platform away from the hustle and bustle surrounding the cubs, we are seeing the whole family being more and more comfortable together.
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They have also all been appreciating a bit of a lapse in the hot weather and have been more active during the day rather than early morning and late afternoon. However during the periods of heavy rain we have seen the cubs all snuggling up in the house or outside den. The cubs are almost seven weeks old and are now proper miniature versions of their parents in both looks and personalities. They are getting more adventurous and confident by the day and their playfulness is something we have been able to see a real difference in over the last week.
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They have been practicing climbing on logs, running around and playfully biting and wrestling with each other. With the cubs now strong and steady on their feet we have put a small amount of water in the pool for the cubs and adults to enjoy in the continuing heatwave. We have also seen the cubs begin to take an interest in meat with lots of sniffing, licking and attempted chewing.
On a couple of occasions we have found the whole family in the house together in the morning!
We have had a lot of questions surrounding visitors only being able to see some of the cubs and not all four. We have noticed that they have developed their own personal favourite areas to hang out - some prefer resting in the outside den and some prefer staying out of the den. Despite this there is no need to worry as Naya is still very attentive to all of the cubs and on occasions all four can still be seen together!
This week keepers and visitors alike have been bowled over by the real change in the behaviour of the cubs — they have become much more confident and adventurous! Naya continues to be an extremely nurturing and attentive mum, but has had her patience well and truly tested this week, as the cubs have started wandering off in all directions! Naya initially brought one cub up to Botzman, keeping a very close eye over the meeting.
After around 10 minutes Botzman just walked away. We hope they will get closer and develop a relationship over the coming days and weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the cubs in their new favourite hiding spots — in the corner by the waterfall, back in the outside den or under shady bushes in the paddock. Patient visitors may spot them as they continue to grow and explore — if you listen carefully, you may also be able to hear them calling to Naya.
It's a very special International Tiger Day at the Zoo this year as our cubs are five weeks old. They are still tucked under their den, and with the hot weather continuing they have been emerging rarely during the day and instead focusing their feeds and appearances in the early morning and late evening.
So although visible to visitors, patience is still required! Keepers have been entering the paddock on a daily basis now to check the cubs visually and service the paddock. As the cubs have been growing rapidly, we have started to introduce them to meat so they get used to the sight and smell in preparation for them starting to have a nibble in the coming weeks. To do this we mix minced venison and beef into meatballs and place a few of them under the den, replacing them daily and keeping an noting if any has gone. Over the next few weeks we will continue this process until we know the cubs are regularly consuming some meat.
Once we know this, we will start allowing Naya to bring proper meat out to the cubs. The cubs are continuing to grow bigger and stronger by the day and are now almost one month old.
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As in the previous week, Naya has been giving the cubs more independence and appears to now feed the cubs much less frequently now they are a bit older and bigger. She climbed back on to The Ark , which was the nickname of their boat. It had potted plants on the roof and wild animals painted on both sides. Sophie got up with a sigh. Tom was hiding. He had made up his mind about half an hour earlier and had tiptoed through the living room and off the houseboat.
His mother and sister were too busy to notice — they were talking about a new ocelot that had arrived at London Zoo, where Mrs Nightingale worked as Chief Vet. He ran along the towpath and climbed up the bank towards the wall that separated the canal from the street. Then he walked along the wall for about ten metres, wobbling and veering from one side to the other, before lowering himself down off the end. He was now in the field behind the London Zoo car park, creeping through the long grass.
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When he reached an iron gate, he vaulted over, landing in the local boat repair yard. This was where barges were taken out of the water to be fixed or repainted or resealed. A small red houseboat was currently in the dry dock, propped up on wooden trestles, with half its hull missing. He quickly slid behind it, and sat down next to a tree.
He was completely out of sight. He got his portable games console out of his pocket and started to play Ninja Hippos. Five minutes later, Sophie stuck her head behind the shed.