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Tiger cubs born at Maine animal sanctuary

MOUNT VERNON (WGME) -- A very special delivery at a Maine animal sanctuary is helping the endangered tiger population.

The DEW Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary in Mount Vernon welcomed three tiger cubs a little more than a week ago on June 8. There are two boys, white like their mom, and a girl who is orange like her dad.

DEW has been around since 1980, founded by Bob Miner and his wife, Julie, and in 34 years, this is the first time they've had tiger cubs.

"It's just such a privilege to be able to have your endangered species produce. What a privilege is that?" said Julie Miner.

The cubs are going to keep to the tiger population going. In about a month, each cub will be donated to another USDA licensed animal facility so that they can breed.

Miner says they won't name the cubs because if they do, it will be even harder to say goodbye.