London Zoo celebrates the birth of one the most rare tigers on the planet with adorable footage. The video captures the cub’s first hours. 

The zoo’s secret ‘cubcam” captures Gaysha, a 10-year-old mom cleaning up after her newborn baby just hours following his birth. 

The youngster is determined to take its first steps onto the soft straw in their cozy den.   

ZSL London Zoo tiger keeper Lucy Reed said: ‘We knew Gaysha was nearing full-term as we’d seen her belly grow rapidly over the previous few weeks, so we made her a special cubbing den in anticipation, filling it with soft straw for added comfort – it was there she chose to give birth.’

Recordings from the zoo's hidden 'cubcam' shows 10-year-old mother Gaysha cleaning and feeding the rare newborn just hours after the birth

Video footage from the hidden “cubcam” shows Gaysha, a 10-year-old mom cleaning up after her rare baby just hours following birth.

Gaysha, who has occasionally ventured outside to stretch her legs since then, will probably keep the baby cub in its warm cubber until the time it gets first vaccinations. Then vets or zookeepers may be able determine the cub’s gender. Two of the original three littermates, but this cub did not survive labor.

Ms Reed said that the cub, who is a chunky and strong little one, has been doing well under mum’s care. Already, we’ve witnessed some important milestones, including the baby taking his first steps nearly immediately, and more recently opening its eyes. These are usually closed in the days following birth.

“Although we keep a very close watch on the situation via cubcam at the moment, we take special care to avoid disturbing the family to allow them to bond. We are excited to see the little one grow and learn more about its surroundings.

The determined youngster then takes its very first wobbly steps on the soft straw of their cosy den

After a determined start, the youngster takes his first tentative steps onto their soft straw den.

ZSL London Zoo tiger keeper Lucy Reed said: 'We knew Gaysha was nearing full-term as we'd seen her belly grow rapidly over the previous few weeks, so we made her a special cubbing den in anticipation'

Lucy Reed, ZSL London Zoo Tiger keeper said that Gaysha was approaching full term as she had seen her stomach grow quickly over the past few weeks. So we created a cubbing den to prepare for her.

Gaysha was born almost exactly one year ago, when Gaysha arrived from Denmark at London Zoo on December 16, 2020. The new baby or girl will be celebrated to boost the Global Collaboration Program for Sumatran Tigers.

Sumatran tigers, the smallest and rarest subspecies among tigers in the world are estimated to be only 300.

Now, the charity zoo asks its members, fellows, and patrons to only offer suggestions for the cub’s name in the next few days. These will be selected by zookeepers, before being voted by ZSL supporters.

Gaysha still prefers to be with her baby and spends most of her time inside, but ZSL London Zoo allows visitors to see Asim (10 years old) in Tiger Territory. You can also access exclusive cubcam footage.

Asim, pictured, will be found a new female 'within months' despite killing prospective mate Melati within minutes of their introduction on Friday at London Zoo

Asim is pictured. He killed Melati his potential mate within minutes after their introduction at London Zoo on Friday.

Gaysha might have been concerned about Asim’s mate, considering that he murdered his last potential mate only minutes after being introduced to each other in 2019.   

Asim killed Melati (10 years old) during their first encounter. Despite zookeepers making loud noises with ‘foghorns’ and dustbin lids, the tiger couldn’t be saved.

The Sunday Times reports that the Sumatran tiger, a seven-year-old threatened Sumatran tiger, will not be killed because of his vital role in the global breeding program.

Although the tigers were kept together in separate enclosures for 10 day, their first encounter ‘quickly escalated’ into an aggressive one.  

Malcolm Fitzpatrick, senior curator of mammals at London’s Zoological Society of London explained the speed at which they started to fight. He said that it was a matter of’rearing up’ and then’swiping at one another and snarling’.

While some tigers may get into a fight, it is not unusual for them to do so.

The zookeepers tried to stop Melati from being rescued by making loud noises, and even doffing their heads with hoses. 

Zookeepers couldn't save Melati, pictured, despite making loud noises and 'dousing the tigers with hoses' during the violent interaction

Melati died after being attacked by a group of tigers.

The Zoo announced Melati's death on Twitter saying they were all 'heartbroken'

Melati’s death was confirmed by The Zoo on Twitter. They said they were all heartbroken.

Melati, according to Mr Fitzpatrick had suffered from a number of wounds as well as a biting injury in her throat. Our suspicion is that her trachea had been broken.  

According to the zoo, staff were ‘devastated’ by Melati’s death and are “heartbroken” by these events. 

London Zoo explained in their statement how they opened the door for the first-time after big cats had had time to learn each others’ scents. 

After the attack Asim was eventually secured and removed to another paddock, but as vets rushed to Melati’s side they found she had died.  

Asim – whose name means ‘Protector’ in Arabic – had been matched with Melati through the European Endangered Species Programme for Sumatran tigers.  

Sumatran tigers – The world’s smallest remaining subspecies

Sumatran Tigris is the last remaining subspecies, and only 300 have been seen in the wild.

The Sumatra island is home to the Sumatra tribe, an Indonesian island where they are trying to survive.

It is unique in that elephants, rhinos, and orangutans can live with tigers. 

Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger cub twins snuggle up to their mother at London Zoo

Sumatran tiger twins are snuggled up with their mother at London Zoo.

The population of this majestic predator has been decimated by ever-growing deforestation and horrendous levels of poaching.

Trade on the black markets is the main reason why tigers were killed. Tiger bones are used to traditional Chinese medicine and tiger wine.

According to the WWF, up to 40 Sumatran Tigers are killed each year by poachers.

A second problem arises from encroachment upon their habitat. When the tigers react naturally, the villager kills them. 

They are believed to have lost their Javan and Balinese relatives, and conservationists worry that they will be similarly extinct.