Dreamworld’s six week old twin tiger cubs have finally been named.
The sisters’ names – Akasha and Adira – were bestowed on them today, handpicked by Tiger Island staff from more than 9,000 suggestions in a nation-wide competition with Channel Seven’s Sunrise program.
“It took hours to wade through all the names with some funny ones along the way like Noodle, Boo and Cookie,” said Tiger Island Manager Patrick Martin-Vegue. “We liked Akasha as it’s from India where tigers are still found in the wild and Adira because it means strong and noble, reflecting the majestic nature of tigers.”
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The adorable cubs also ventured onto Tiger Island for the first time today playing with their big brother Kai and honorary grandmother Sita.
Fully immunised and weighing 5.5kilograms, the doubly-cute pair will now transition from their nursery to their cub display and start walking through the park in the coming weeks.
Mr Martin-Vegue said the cubs were growing quickly, already more than five times their birth weight. “They are drinking 500ml of formula across four feeds per day and gaining about 700 grams per week,” he said. “We’re slowly introducing them to meat. They’ll try some balls of minced chicken or beef this week.”
He continued: “They’re starting to play together more now and are developing their own personalities. Akasha is definitely more bold and adventurous than her sister. I’m sure they will be double trouble for Kai when they get a little older and stronger.”
Welcomed as the next generation for Tiger Island, the sister cubs were the second litter born at Tiger Island in 2015 to nine-year-old female tiger Nika and her 11-year-old beau Raja. Their first son Kai was born at Tiger Island on 29 July 2015.
Dreamworld guests can see the super cute duo and their big brother Kai at Tiger Island daily.