If you needed a little pick-me-up this afternoon, I have just what you need! I introduce Jeda and Anala, the 2 baby tiger cubs that were born this past August at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. They made their television debut on “Good Morning America” today. Starting today, guests are able to see these cubs, and their mom Sohni, on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
The endangered Sumatran tiger cubs are the first tigers ever born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Sadly, there are fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers living in the wild today. Disney is playing a big part in helping to save these tigers. The cubs were bred through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan conservation program, which aims to promote responsible breeding for endangered or threatened species.
Sohni has been bonding well with the cubs and feeds and grooms them throughout the day, according to a statement posted on Disney World’s website.
“The cubs wrestle with each other constantly and love jumping on plants and logs,” Erin Heavey, an animal care specialist at Animal Kingdom, said in a statement. Heavey said Anala loves trying to “surprise attack” her mother, Sohni, or her brother. She added that the pair have already begun exhibiting their distinct personalities. The name of the male cub, Jeda, means “pause” in Malay, while the female cub’s name, Anala, means “fiery” or “sizzling” in Hindi. “Jeda, in particular, loves ripping the bark off the logs and playing with all the pieces that come off,” Heavey added. “Anala is becoming more adept at sneaking and pouncing and loves hiding behind things.”
Disney’s dedicated and highly trained team of animal care experts and veterinarians spent three years preparing for the birth of these Sumatran tigers and have worked tirelessly to provide them with the best possible care so they can grow and thrive. Part of this work included creating a special new backstage play area where the tiger cubs could learn to swim and climb before venturing into their habitat at Maharajah Jungle Trek
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Source: Good Morning America
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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