An 11-year-old tiger recently had five cubs at the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center in Hailin City, Heilongjiang Province. The Siberian mother, also know as a Manchurian or Amur tiger, is being fed eggs and goat’s milk for every meal so that she will be strong enough to nurse and nourish the quintuplets, who are also on the same diet. Once they’re ready they will be released into the wild.
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She is the best breeder from Heilongjiang Manchurian Tiger Park, having given birth to over 20 cubs over the last seven years. The tigers are an endangered species, with research showing that a decade ago there were only 500 of the Siberians in the wild. Their habitat has been severely limited due to poaching and other environmental changes. The Amurs are only present in the Sikhote-Alin range in the Primorski and Khabarovsk provinces of the Russian Far East. There are also some in small areas close to the border of China and maybe even some in North Korea.
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What makes this even more difficult is that they require large areas for living in order to find the necessary amount of prey. As sad as it is to think about the world’s biggest cat facing extinction, the arrival of the quintuplets is a good sign for the potential of natural breeding in the future. In 2014, the mother gave brith to quadruplets and then quintuplets the next year, so she’s certainly playing her part in keeping the species going. Watch the video below to see her and her three female cubs and two male cubs in action...