Sumatran tiger cub triplets in 'tip-top shape'

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Watch the Sumatran tiger cubs get their check ups by vets at Chester Zoo

Three rare Sumatran tigers's health are in 'tip top shape' after being examined, weighed and vaccinated by specialist vets at Chester Zoo.

The three-month old cubs, born in January to mum Kirana and dad Fabi, were found to be two males and one female.

"It's really important for us to make sure they're healthy and in good physical condition and we're happy to report that all three of the cubs have been given a clean bill of health," said vet Gabby Drake.

Vets and vet nurses from Chester Zoo carefully check over one of the Sumatran tiger cubschester zoo
Vets and vet nurses from Chester Zoo carefully check over one of the Sumatran tiger cubs

Sumatran tigers are found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They are the smallest of all tigers and have the narrowest stripes.

"We checked them over as quickly as we could before returning them to their mum Kirana. She's a very good mother and fiercely protective of her young charges, so we certainly didn't want to hang around for long."

The cubs get a lick from Kirana after their check upsChester zoo
The cubs get a lick from their mother, Kirana, after their check ups

Critically endangered in the wild, there are believed to be just 300-400 Sumatran tigers left as they are often targeted by poachers who use their body parts as traditional medicine.

Much of their jungle habitat has also been destroyed.