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Three Amur Tigers born at the Toronto Zoo.
Female Amur Tiger Mazyria  just gave birth to three little cubs at the Toronto Zoo. Tiger numbers are low in the wild because of  hunting and habitat loss.  Having healthy babies born does help ensure the genetic diversity of the species. They were down to 20-30 tigers in the wild in the 1930s.  Now there are around 500 tigers.  That is better, but it is still not a lot.

If tigers are going to survive we are going to have to work to save them. Conservation efforts, including captive breeding have helped increase their numbers. 
In the end we have to restore their habitat and stop trophy hunting.  There are a lot of reasons why we should stop trophy hunting. The one that matters right now is keeping enough of a species alive for it to survive. 
For now we can just be happy that there are three more tigers in the world.

They are so cute and mama tiger looks very pleased with herself.
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Sadly one of the cubs has died. The zoo staff did all that they could, the the little cub didn't make it.

This the sad side of birth. Newborn animals are fragile and some do not make it. 
It sounds like mom knew something was up when she pushed the cub away. 

There are still two beautiful cubs to be happy about. It will be a joy to watch them grow up.
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