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National Zoo Sumatran tiger cubs receive first veterinary exam

12:11 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The tiger cubs at the National Zoo received their first veterinary exam on Monday.

Veterinarians say that the three-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs are healthy, plump and growing quickly.

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One of the cubs is a male and one is a female. The male cub weighs a little more than eight pounds, and the female was seven and a half pounds. 

During the exam, the cubs received transponder microchips, and veterinarians collected blood and fecal samples from them.

Tiger Damai gave birth to the cubs on August 5 and has been caring for them since. The cubs will not be on exhibit for several months.

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