Utah's Hogle Zoo debuts 3 male Amur tiger cubs

Utah's Hogle Zoo debuts 3 male Amur tiger cubs

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(Photo courtesy Hogle Zoo)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More baby animals are making their debut at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.

The zoo on Tuesday put three male Amur tiger cubs, formerly known as Siberian tigers, on public display. The three were born on June 2 to mother Basha and father Kazek. Since then they've been out of view while they bonded with their mother and gained strength.

It's Basha's first litter and zoo keepers say she's a natural mother. Basha was born at the zoo in 2003.

The Amur tiger is listed as a critically endangered species. Males weigh between 400 and 650 pounds and can be up to 11 feet long. In the wild they live in eastern Russia and northeast China.

Also born at the zoo this year have been a male giraffe, female elephant, male snow leopard cub and two golden lion tamarin monkeys.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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