London Zoo welcomes three new tiger cubs
Although London may be one of the world's largest and most bustling cities, it still offers loads for wildlife lovers to enjoy, with plenty of green spaces and other natural or forested areas where all sorts of critters run free.
On top of this, the world-famous London Zoo is home to an incredible collection of animals from across the globe, and is often praised for its pioneering work in ensuring the survival of some of the planet's most endangered species through its participation in breeding programmes.
One such initiative involves the preservation of the majestic Sumatran tiger, of which there are currently thought to be as few as 300 living in the wild.
However, the species has just received a major boost, with three cubs having recently been born at London Zoo.
The triplets were born in the early hours of February 3rd to five-year-old mum Melati, and although visitors will have to wait until the new arrivals are a little bigger and steadier on their feet before getting the chance to see them, zookeepers insist that the whole family is doing well.
"While we still don’t know whether they’re boys or girls, we’re starting to see their personalities develop," claimed zookeeper Teague Stubbington. "We’ve nicknamed one Trouble, as it’s much bolder than the others – it was the first to start exploring its den and we’ve spotted it waking up its siblings when they fall asleep!"
The news will bring particular joy to anyone who was saddened by the tragic loss of Melati's previous cub, who sadly drowned in October last year, just six weeks after it had been born.
London Zoo is located in Regent's Park, close to Camden Town tube station - which is just a short distance away from the Montcalm Hotel - and is home to a number of exciting animals including various species of big cats.