The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha has three fuzzy little Christmas presents this year.
Three Indochinese tiger cubs were born this week at the zoo's cat complex.
Visitors can view the cubs through a television monitor. They will be nursed by their mother for about ten to twelve weeks, then move on to adult tiger food.
Both of the babies parents arrived at the zoo in November from Malaysia. They are part of the genetic diversity coop program at zoos in Omaha, San Diego and New York.
The tigers are to enhance the captive breeding programs in the United States. There are believed to be only between one-thousand and fifteen hundred of the Indochinese tigers left in the wild. They are smaller than Bengal tigers and live in remote mountain regions of Thailand and Malaysia.
The parent cats are being held in quarantine areas.
The year has brought 271 births to the zoo. Visitors can also see a baby gorilla and orangutan at the zoo's nursery.