Lifestyle Pets Rare Tiger Cubs Spend Their Days Snuggling at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo The cubs are being cared for at the zoo's hospital, since their mother wasn't interested in caring for the babies By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 12, 2017 04:56 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo These sisters are doing it for themselves, with a little help from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. The two tigers cubs were born at the zoo on Nov. 25 as part of a litter of four. Unfortunately, two of the cubs did not make it. After giving birth, 10-year-old mom Changbai showed little interest in caring for her daughters, so the zoo stepped in and moved the unnamed tiger babies to the facility’s hospital. There, the sisters now enjoy regular bottle feedings in an enclosure warmed to a toasty 90 degrees, just how they like it. Courtesy Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo “We are hand feeding the babies five times a day,” Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said in a statement. “They are being given a feline milk replacement formula, supplemented with vitamins. They are a little underweight, possibly due to the age of their mother and the fact that there were four kittens in the litter.” Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. RELATED VIDEO: The Cat’s Meow! Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Expert Introduces His Baby Bengal Tiger & Leopard Friends Because the cubs are still fragile and in need of round-the-clock care, they will not make their public debut for some time. Thankfully, the zoo is sharing photos and videos of the new arrivals, who love to cuddle up together. Courtesy Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo While the cubs still need a few weeks before they are considered out of the woods, the zoo is cautiously optimistic about the animals’ future. “The birth of these kittens brings a few more precious tigers to the population, which can help ensure the survival of these majestic animals for future generations,” Dancho said. Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are incredibly rare. This species only inhabits 7% of the original range they once roamed in the wild. Without conservation and care, habitat loss and poaching could send this beautiful big cat into extinction.