Tiger cubs raise cuteness quotient at Milwaukee County Zoo

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Posted: Dec 02, 2016 4:17 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Three 11-week old Amur tiger cubs romped and wrestled together as they made their public debut at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

The two females, named Eloise and Bernadette, and the male, named Kashtan, were born Sept. 14.

Zookeeper Amanda Ista says the cubs are doing well but the male is being hand raised.

In October, he developed an abscess on his leg. Zoo officials weren't sure if the mother would accept him after being away so they now keep him in a separate area and feed him by hand.

But Ista says Kashtan regularly visits with his sisters to socialize and exercise, like he did during the debut Friday.

Ista says Amur tigers are extremely endangered in the wild, so their zoo cousins act as ambassadors to raise awareness.