An wildlife park is celebrating the purr-fect boost with the birth of a rare male Sumatran tiger cub.
Fota Wildlife Park in Cork confirmed the birth of the cub to tiger parents Dourga, an eight year old female, and Denar, a seven year old male.
The as-yet-unnamed cub is the second to be born at the east Cork facility since the endangered cat species arrived in 2014.
A cub born in 2017, a female named Dharma, thrived at Fota and was subsequently transferred to Edinburgh Zoo to help anchor their breeding programme.
Sumatran tigers are the rarest tiger species in the world – and Fota’s escalating breeding programme is viewed as critical to their long-term survival.