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Sumatran Tiger Melati Delivers Triplets At London Zoo (VIDEO)

13/03/2014 02:12 GMT | Updated 13/03/2014 08:59 GMT

London Zoo has three new residents after a 5-year-old Sumatran tiger called Melati gave birth to triplets. The delivery comes only a year after the mother gave birth to a cub that sadly died after just two weeks.

The cubs were born in early February, with their first moments in the world captured on a hidden camera that was placed in the enclosure so that keepers could monitor the progress of the birth.

The zoo does not yet know the gender of the cubs as the family has been left alone to bond. According to Teague Stubbington, a keeper at the famous institution, the cameras have captured several defining moments in the early life of the tigers, including opening their eyes and taking their first steps

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species.

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