The miracle of childbirth is one of the most incredible experiences a mother can have, and this holds true for people and animals alike. It’s not often that we get to witness an animal giving birth but when we do, it’s a very special and beautiful moment to be cherished. Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to see the birth of domesticated animals but it’s exceptionally rare that we get a peek at the birthing of a wild animal, such as a tiger!
Tigers go through a gestation period of about 16 weeks and give birth to a litter. A litter can be up to seven cubs but sadly, it’s seldom that all of them survive. Despite their mom’s best efforts, the survival rate for tiger cubs is actually rather low with only about half of them surviving to reach maturity.
At the Australia Zoo, a Sumatran tiger named Kaitlyn was giving birth with zookeepers watching over. Fortunately for us, they decided to record this momentous event. When Kaitlyn finally gives birth to the first of two cubs, everyone is elated but it’s not long before they realize that something is wrong. Although the cub made a few attempts at gasping, it’s been two very long minutes and he still wasn’t breathing properly. Everyone is waiting nervously and that’s when we see Mom get to work on her newborn baby…
Watch this absolutely incredible video below and make sure you watch it until the very end. It’s such a beautiful reminder that all life is precious. Don’t forget to share this heartwarming story with your family and friends!