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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Public gets teeth into cub names
Sumatran tiger cubs
People were asked to suggest exotic names for the cubs
Members of the public have helped name two Sumatran tiger cubs at a Devon zoo.

The cubs, who were born 10 weeks ago, were the first tigers born at Paignton Zoo for 20 years.

Viewers of the BBC Spotlight TV programme came up with 400 names for the cubs after a request was made for help on behalf of the zoo.

The male cub has been named Topan, which is Indonesian for hurricane. The female was called Kirana, meaning "beautiful ray of light".

The only rule laid down by the zoo was that footballers' and pop stars' names would not be considered.

Sumatran Tigers are classed as endangered, with only about 350 left in the wild.

There are between 200 and 300 in zoos around the world.

The cubs are in the public viewing enclosure with their mother, Banda.

Father Tenang is being kept separate as adult males take no part in rearing.

Cubs in the wild are dependant on their mother for about 18 months, with female tigers reaching sexual maturity at about three-years-old and males at about four.




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