10/03/2011 09:43 EDT | Updated 12/03/2011 05:12 EST

Amur Tiger Cubs Debut At Winnipeg Assiniboine Zoo

Flickr: Tambako the Jaguar

WINNIPEG - A pair of tiny tigers have been unveiled at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.

Their mother is Kendra, the zoo's 12-year-old Amur tiger, also known as a Siberian tiger.

She gave birth to the cubs — one male and one female — at the zoo at the end of July.

Zoo officials say that like domestic cats, tigers are born with their eyes and ears shut and require time to develop before leaving their mother's side.

They have spent the last several weeks in their den during these early stages of development and are now ready to start exploring their habitat.

The addition of the tiger cubs to the zoo is the latest in a long list of successful births this year, including Canadian lynx, red panda, musk ox and stone sheep.

On Monday, they were introduced to the public for the first time.

“We are extremely excited to have the cubs make their debut today," said Tim Sinclair-Smith, director of zoological operations. “We know that the public has been patiently waiting to see them and we couldn't be happier to introduce them to the community."

The cubs put on a bit of a show, cuddling playfully up to their mother, who licked them on their heads.

Zoo officials are conducting an online poll to pick names for the little ones.