The Topeka Zoo’s tiger cubs took their first steps outside Friday and hundreds of people got to be a part of the big adventure.
Baby tigers Bintang, Badar, Kansa Raja and Zayana made their first public appearance as the spring weather rolled in this week. The cubs were born in October, but zoo director Brendan Wiley said they hadn’t been able to explore outside until now.
“They were developed enough to go outside really mid-Janurary. They were active enough, developmentally we were seeing all the right things, but then our Kansas weather moved in,” Wiley said.
Since the sun was finally shining on Friday it was really the tigers chance to shine.
“This is the first time they’ve been outdoors, the first time that they’ve walked on the grass. I saw one get a little spooked by a bird that went flying by,” Wiley said.
The zoo said around 1,700 people came out to visit the tiger cubs on Friday.
“We’re thrilled to have these four little cubs here and now the community gets to watch them grow,” Wiley said.
KSNT News was on scene to greet the family: