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New London Zoo triplet tiger cubs in 'rude health'

One of the Sumatran cubs Image copyright PA
Image caption The cubs were born to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati in February

Six months after a rare tiger cub died, London Zoo's new triplet cubs have been given a clean bill of health.

The Sumatran tigers born in February were examined, sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

They were born in February to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati whose last cub - the first tiger to be born at London Zoo in 17 years - was found drowned aged four weeks.

Nic Masters, head vet at London Zoo, said they were in "rude health".

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Image caption There are estimated to be only 300 individual wild Sumatran tigers in the world

The triplets, born after a 106-day gestation, were found to be two males and a female.

A critically endangered species, there are estimated to be only 300 individual wild Sumatran tigers in the world.

The last cub died in a pool inside its mother's enclosure in October last year.

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Image caption The cubs were vaccinated and micro-chipped by a team of two keepers, a vet and a veterinary nurse

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