See tiger cubs at London Zoo

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If you're keen to enjoy a great family day out in London, then one of the best places that you could possibly visit is the zoo, which is located in Regent's Park.

And there seems a strong chance that visitor numbers will spike in the coming weeks, after three of the zoo's latest arrivals took to the great outdoors for the first time.

Three of the world's rarest tiger cubs ventured outside for the first time earlier this week, much to the delight of zookeepers.

The seven-week old cubs were seeing exploring the outside for the first time, with their mother watching over them as they did so.

Staff at the zoo said that it gave them a break from having to care and play with her progeny non-stop. And according to the zookeepers, this was "the best Mothers' Day treat of a few minutes peace".

This gave staff a great deal of pleasure, because until this week they had been forced to view the cubs from a distance, using a hidden camera.

"We were watching the cubs on the hidden cameras in their dens, when it looked like they were about to follow Melati [the mother] outside – we all rushed to the exhibit and were just thrilled to catch them playing outside for the first time," zookeeper Tracey Lee remarked.

There are currently thought to be just 300 Sumatran tigers in the wild, as opposed to 1,000 Sumatran tigers that lived in the 1970s.

If you're in London over the next few months, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to see these beautiful animals in action.

This is the sort of chance that does not come up very often and for this reason, London Zoo could well see a spike in visitor numbers in the weeks ahead. Make sure to plan ahead for your trip and book a reservation at the nearby Park Grand London Hyde Park.

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