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Endangered tiger cub takes first steps outside
Image still from video: Tiger cub takes first wobbly steps outside (c) ZSL. 

A rare Sumatran tiger cub has ventured outside at ZSL London Zoo. 

A Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger cub has taken its first steps outside after being born on 12 December 2021.

Footage captured by zookeepers on Wednesday 12 January shows the cub following after its mother into the afternoon sunshine, clambering out of the outdoor enclosure into the grass. 

ZSL London Zoo tiger keeper Kathryn Sanders commented on the special occasion: “The cub has so far mostly stayed tucked up with Gaysha in their cosy behind-the-scenes cubbing den, but with such lovely weather yesterday it’s clear she decided it was time for her little one to take its first steps in the outside world.

“We were all holding our breath with excitement as the cub tottered around, using all its strength to clamber after mum – it was incredible to watch the youngster find its ‘tiger feet’ for the first time.”

The cub, which hasn't yet been named, was born in the early hours of Sunday 12 December to parents Gaysha and Asim, and is reportedly doing well. Keepers will discover whether the cub is male or female at its first health check in only a few weeks' time.

Image still from video (C) Zoological Society of London

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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