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See tiger cubs at Wild Adventures

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Wild Adventures welcomes two new cubs to the tiger family.

The siblings and are on display for a couple of weeks.

Khandi and Kabul were just two pounds when they were born. When they're full grown, they'll reach 400 pounds.

The cubs are also part of the theme park's summer Kidpalooza.

Meet Khandi and Khabul. They're playful, cute and growing fast.

Khandi is black and orange and Kabul is white and black. They're the newest additions to the Marcan Tiger Preserve.

"I can't wait to see the baby tigers," said Heide Ashman, whose visiting the park.

"They're hysterical at this age," said Mike Inks, a tiger handler. "All they want to do is play. We have a blast with them."

These Bengal tigers are endangered and it's estimated there's only 15-hundred left.

At four months old, these tiger cubs weigh about 50 pounds each. They'll continue gaining about 15 pounds per month.

Inks says it's okay for them to bite a little bit because it's a way they communicate, but at this age they're teaching them to not claw.

"Claws are a no, no, because they go right through you like butter," said Inks.

He says a tremendous amount of work goes into caring for these magnificent animals, but the joy he gets from working with them never goes away.

"You just feel privileged that they allow you to be in their presence."

It's also Kidpalooza at Wild Adventures until August 15.

"Right now, we have the Anastasini Circus," said Micha Hogan, the Wild Adventures Spokesperson. "We also have the Tigers of India cubs which have the mother and father of the cute little tiger cubs. We also have Country Rocks Live, a high dive act, a hypnotist, just alot of things for families to see."

Hogan says it's a different visit every time guests come and seeing these playful tiger cubs is a rare opportunity you don't want to miss.

In just a couple of months, Kabul and Khandi will join the other tigers, including their parents, in the Tigers of the India Show.


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