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Mother Tiger Gives Birth To Rare Twin Cubs

There’s always something special about welcoming a new life into the world, and capturing an animal giving birth to twins is even more of a special event, because of the rarity of it.

In this footage from a BBC special, a tiger is preparing to give birth at the Australian Zoo. The mama is in a quiet enclosure being observed by caretakers from afar. When her first cub emerges, the caretakers cheer in delight. However, in the first few minutes to follow, they begin to worry as the baby isn’t breathing, despite his mother’s nurturing. But much to everyone’s delight, the cub begins to mewl and everyone is relieved. Now it’s time for the second one to arrive…

Note: the video below contains images of live birth that may be too graphic for some viewers.