The Baton Rouge Zoo’s furry, striped tiger cub sisters will have names sometime in the new year, and people can now vote on their favorites.
The names in the running for the 5-month-old cubs:
Berani (Malay for brave)
Darma (Malay for duty)
Hadiah (Malay for gift)
Kayu Merah (Malay for red stick)
Zoo staff whittled down the top four names from a flood of social media submissions once the cubs were revealed to the public. They are the first tiger cubs to roam BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo in 25 years.
Until the cubs have official names, their caretakers have affectionately taken to calling the chunkier one “Chubs” and her more slender sister “N.C.,” for “Not Chubs.”
The cubs may look cuddly, but zoo staffers have warned that they are ferocious, wild animals just like their mother Nazira. Malayan tigers are endangered, and fewer than 500 are left worldwide and in captivity.
The person with the winning submissions will win a zoo household membership and a gold level adoption of the tiger cubs.