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Amur tiger cubs, and three of them, just debuted at the Bronx Zoo. They weighed about two-and-a-half to three pounds at birth and now, at four months of age, tip the scale at 45 pounds each. They are already superstars, and even made the New York Times.

Tigers are critically endangered with fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wild. We gladly celebrate these special births at the zoo, and I get to take many photos. My first assignment was to get all three tiger cubs in one shot. It sounds easy, right?!

The cubs love their home and their mother, and they like to RUN in all directions, but never three at a time into the space I frame with my camera. Several hundred pictures and several days later, I had to ask our animal staff for help, and we finally got their attention in an image that includes them all as the cubs took a very brief break from their busy play schedule.

Source: Wildlife Conservation Society

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS