PHOTOS: National Zoo’s Sumatran Tiger Cubs Pounce, Play Outdoors in Public Debut

After months of pictures and Tiger Cam video, the public got its first real peek at the National Zoo's Sumatran tiger cubs Monday morning.

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After months of pictures and Tiger Cam video, the public got its first real peek at the National Zoo's Sumatran tiger cubs Monday. Bandar and his sister, Sukacita, playfully pounced on one another and their mom, Damai, during their first official outing.
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The cubs were on view to the public for about an hour Monday morning. The short duration was intended to help them slowly get used to crowds.
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Earlier this month, the duo passed their swim reliability test, proving they were ready to take on the terrain of their outdoor habitat. During the test, the cubs, then 13 weeks old, were able to keep their heads above water and climb onto dry land.
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Five-year-old Damai gave birth to the cubs Aug. 5; they are her first litter. Their father is the zoo's 12-year-old male tiger, Kavi.
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Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species. It is estimated that between 400 and 500 exist in the wild. There are 65 Sumatran tigers living in accredited zoos in North America in addition to these cubs.
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The zoo's adult tigers can be seen at the Great Cats exhibit from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., daily, but the cubs are likely to be out for shorter time periods.
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