The National Zoo welcomed two Sumatran tiger cubs earlier this week, officials announced today, marking a win for conservation and for staff who worked for months to foster a connection between female tiger Damai and male tiger Kavi. "All I can do is smile," biologist Craig Saffoe wrote of the development, "because the team has realized our goal of producing critically endangered tiger cubs. Damai came to us as a young tiger herself, so it's really special to see her become a great mom." The cubs, who appear to be thriving, will remain off exhibit until they meet a series of health milestones.

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