November 26, 2008 04:47 PM

Abandoned at birth by their mother, tiger cubs Taiga and Kokoa are growing up a bit unconventionally – being raised by zookeepers in Japan. Born at the Kushiro Zoo in the northern part of the country, the five-month-old siblings have debilitating birth defects affecting their legs. Though healthy and functioning, they do require daily massages from caretakers, which allows them to walk and play a bit easier. Check out this video of the two romping like any other rowdy cubs!

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