The Sumatran tiger cubs faced the public nine weeks after they were born
Four rare tiger cubs have made their public debut at a Devon zoo.
The Sumatran cubs were born to mother Banda and father Tenang nine weeks ago at Paignton Zoo.
Until now, they have been cared for by their mother out of view, only visible to the public on the internet from cameras set up in their den.
The two males and two females, who are still to be named, are part of a Europe-wide captive breeding programme aimed at saving the endangered species.
Phil Knowling, from the zoo, said mother Banda was doing very well.
We are seeing a lot of happy faces
Izzy Warren, zoo spokeswoman
He said: "Keeping track of all four cubs is a big job, she gets two in order and then the other two wander off.
"While she rounds them up, the first two go off exploring.
"The cubs can make quite a noise for such tiny things."
Mr Knowling said the cubs still sleep a lot during the day, but they will become more active over the coming weeks.
He said: "It is exciting, but if people can keep quiet when they are at the tiger enclosure then they are more likely to see the cubs."
The cubs, who have been micro-chipped and vaccinated for their first public venture, will stay with their mother until they are 18 months old, when they will be moved to other zoos as part of the captive breeding programme.
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