WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Happy birthday to the Malayan tiger cubs born a month ago yesterday and today at the Palm Beach Zoo.
The three were born to Berapi and Rhimba, but so far have no names of their own. The tiger keepers haven't interfered with the new family and don't even know what sex the cubs are yet, zoo spokesman Brian Crowley reports.
Naming rights to one of the three was auctioned off earlier in the year to Netscape founder Jim Clark, who paid $45,000 for the privilege.
The zoo at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach aims to raise $5 million to build a new tiger exhibit that will accommodate five grown tigers.
Malayan tigers are named for their home on the Malay Peninsula. They are among the smallest of the tiger species. Estimates of how many Malayan tigers live in the wild vary, but there may be as few as 500, according to the Palm Beach Zoo.