The triplets got a clear invoice of health after a nose-to-tail examination, together with their eyes, coronary heart and weight, as keepers contended with “sharp claws” and “feisty personalities”.
Staff have been additionally glad to uncover the sexes of the striped cubs – two males and a feminine – as their mother, Gaysha, waited exterior within the paddock whereas they received their first vaccinations.
Zookeeper Lucy Reed admitted holding the triplets nonetheless for his or her injections felt like “doing a mega workout”.
“It’s not very often we are ‘hands on’ with the animals we look after – in fact most of the time we do the complete opposite – so I was very excited to get to help hold the cubs, it’s a huge privilege,” she said.
“However, I think it’s safe to say the cubs didn’t feel the same way – they’re super strong already and holding them still for their injections felt like doing a mega workout.
“It’s a really encouraging sign though, as all the fidgeting and hisses are a completely instinctive behaviour and something we want to see them doing.”
All three have been fitted with a microchip in the course of the verify, which ensures they are often simply and precisely recognized as they develop and their particulars added to information for a world breeding programme, wherein they’ll play “a significant role,” as their species is critically endangered.