An 11-year-old Siberian tiger gave birth to quintuplets at the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center in Hailin City, Heilongjiang Province, China.
The mother, also known as a Manchurian or Amur tiger, gave birth to three females and two males. Right now, the cubs are being fed goat’s milk and eggs so they will be strong when they are released into the wild. The mother is also being fed eggs and goat’s milk to nourish her cubs.
Since 2011, the tiger mother has given birth to over 20 cubs. It is important for Siberian tigers to breed as the species is one of the most endangered in the world with only about 500 tigers left surviving in the wild.
Jiang Guangshun, an official at the breeding center, told Newsweek, “For the endangered species [the quintuplets] mean they have a relatively strong reproductive ability despite such a little population. That makes us confident of their natural breeding in the future.”
– Blair Halliday