BEIJING - Eighty-four Siberian tigers, among the
world's rarest animals, have been born since March at a northeastern China
breeding center, an official said Sunday.
Liu Dan, an official with the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center in the
suburbs of Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, was quoted by Xinhua News
Agency as saying the cubs were doing well.
He said 13 more pregnant Siberian tigers were expected to give birth to a
total of 20 to 30 cubs by October.
Fewer than 400 Siberian tigers ¡ª also known as Amur, Manchurian or Ussuri
tiger ¡ª are believed to survive in the wild, about 20 of them in China and the
rest in Russia.
They are the largest tiger species, weighing up to 600 pounds.
Liu said the breeding center plans to train some of the cubs for life in the
wild and release them in the future.