Tiger cubs ready to romp with guests
Bengal tiger Sita welcomes the new cubs. Photo: Dreamworld
The newest members of Dreamworld's tiger pride have joined their adoptive family, and the public will have the chance to get up close and personal with the cubs.
After nearly two weeks in the tiger cub nursery adjusting to their new surroundings, the male twins were introduced to female Bengal tiger Sita, running up to her without any concern.
The cubs had been kept in quarantine and recently received their first vaccinations.
The new cubs get to know Bengal tiger Sita. Photo: Dreamworld
Tiger Island manager Patrick Martin-Vegue said the cubs were very adventurous and showed no fear, even though they are only six kilograms and she weighs in at 160 kilograms.
"Cubs are really social, so they are happy to be around the other tigers. Sita is our 13-year-old female Bengal tiger and she is really good with cubs and tends to treat them like they are her own," he said.
"There's often a little growling and snarling when the cubs first meet the big cats, but that just teaches the cubs what they can and can't do," he said.
As part of the cubs' introduction to Tiger Island, guests are invited to enjoy a rare tiger cub experience.
Each day, up to 20 guests will meet the cubs and their handlers for a 20-minute session.
Guests can watch as the cubs romp around their enclosure, pat them for a photo souvenir to take home and chat to their handlers to find out what happens in the life of a baby big cat.
A portion of the funds raised will be donated to the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation, helping save tigers in the wild.
Dreamworld now houses 15 tigers on the island, making the theme park the largest zoological contributor to tiger conservation in the world.
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