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Three Very Rare (and Very Adorable) Sumatran Tiger Cubs Were Born in London

Tiger Cubs, London Zoo ZSL

As an African choir once sang in The Lion King, "Nants ingonyama bagithi baba, sithi uhhmm ingonyama (Ingonyama) / Siyo Nqoba, Ingonyama, Ingonyama nengw' enamabala." Samesies!

Or whatever the tiger remix of the song would be. Because three very rare Sumatran tigers were born last month at the ZSL London Zoo. This breed of tiger is a "critically endangered species" and there may be as few as 300 left in the wild. 

Which makes the birth of these triplets to their 5-year-old mother Melati and father Jae Jae all that more newsworthy. But it helps that they're cute. Very, very cute.

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Tiger Cubs, London Zoo ZSL

"We couldn't be more delighted with our new arrivals, and with how Melati is responding to her three cubs," ZSL keeper Teague Stubbington said in a statement. The zoo has kept 24/7 watch over the cubs since they were born.

The little ones arrived on February 3 at 12:28 a.m., 12:59 a.m. and 1:18 a.m. Mama Melati has stayed with her cubs at all times, except when she has to leave to eat. The cubs are currently unsexed.

"We're starting to see their personalities develop. We've nicknamed one Trouble, as it's much bolder than the others," Teague explained. "It was the first to start exploring its den and we've spotted it waking up its siblings when they fall asleep!"

Watch more footage of the  little cubs here. Welcome to the world, we're glad to have you: 

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