Birth is one of the most amazing miracles that each mother has to go through, even animals are lucky to experience this. Each animal species has their own intricacies when it comes to giving birth. One of the most amazing are the tigers. Not many of us really know what happens when a mommy tiger gives birth. This very rare birthing process was shared on the internet which gives every one of us an idea of how fascinating these tigers are.
Kaitlyn the Sumatran tiger gave birth to two tiny male cubs. As a first-time mother, it’s significantly more important for the zookeepers to watch the birth of Kaitlyn’s cubs intently. They should be prepared to hop in quickly if something turns out badly. Shockingly, things got off to a rough start with the first cub. Everyone at the Australia Zoo was monitoring Kaitlyn’s delivery and they knew that the first cub was struggling. As it attempted to inhale for the first few times, Kaitlyn’s nurturing instincts kicked in. The staff was praying that Kaitlyn would keep licking the cub as this would trigger the lungs to work.
Kaitlyn acted like an old pro and started licking the first cub quickly after he’s conceived. Licking triggers the cubs’ lungs, urging him to start breathing on his own. Even when Kaitlyn licks her first cub, it’s still heaving for air. Thankfully, Kaitlyn never stopped. The new mother cleans her infant until he’s ready to pull in a full breath of air. When the cub starts breathing easily on its own, Kaitlyn finally rested close to her cub while getting ready for the second one. She’s one glad mother!
The second cub was easy! The zookeepers immediately saw him crowning and they knew that this cub would be an energetic one. Even before it’s completely out of her mom, you can already see him kicking his legs! Once he’s out, he started crying and Kaitlyn continued to clean him.
Reginald Innes Pocock was the first one to describe the Sumatran tiger on many bases like the skull, pelage, and also their striping features. Their stripes are what makes them distinct from the Bengal and Javan tigers. It is darker in fur color and they have broader stripes than the Javan tiger. The stripes tend to dissolve into spots near their ends, and on the back, flanks and behind their legs are lines of small, dark small spots between regular stripes.
The frequency of stripes of the Sumatran tiger is higher compared to other subspecies. They are one of the smallest tigers which are just about the size of a big leopard and jaguars. The males usually weigh about 100 to 140 kg while the females weigh 75 to 110 kg. The males have a very prominent ruff, which is specifically marked in the Sumatran tiger.
The Sumatran tiger is the most critically endangered creatures. Recent reports estimate that there are just 400-600 wild Sumatran tigers left on the planet according to the IUCN Red List in 2008. That is the reason why conservationist programs occur. The Sumatran tigers are the only tigers surviving the tiger population in the Sunda Islands and they do not want the Sumatran tiger to go extinct like its cousins, the Bali and Javan tiger.