Sunday, April 09, 2006

Amur tiger cubs born in SE Siberia for first time over 100 years

 

Amur tiger cubs born in SE Siberia for first time over 100 years

 

 14:38 | 07/ 04/ 2006

  

 

 

VLADIVOSTOK, April 7 (RIA Novosti) - The first birth of Amur tiger cubs in over a century has been reported in southeast Siberia, the local branch of the World Wildlife Fund said Friday.

 

Scientists who traveled to the Amur Region to check the reports found traces of cubs they said were about six months old and their mother in the snow-covered taiga.

 

"The tigress and small cubs could not have come from another region," said Yelena Starostina, press secretary of the WWF's Far East branch. "This means they were born here."

 

Starostina said tigers found in the Amur Region were believed to have migrated there from the neighboring Primorye and Khabarovsk Territories in Russia's Far East, home to a population of some 450 Amur tigers, according to the latest count.

 

Scientists hope Amur tigers, currently listed in the international Red Book of endangered species, will settle in the region again.

 

 

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060407/45435697.html

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