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US Zoo Shows Off Rare Amur Tiger Cub

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, tigers, birth, zoos )

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A six-week-old Amur tiger cub, whose ancestors are from Siberia, has made its media debut at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 7:36 am
WASHINGTON, May 20 (RIA Global) – A six-week-old Amur tiger cub, whose ancestors are from Siberia, has made its media debut at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
The male cub, who was born on Easter Sunday, weighed in at 9 pounds (4 kilograms), had his eyes, ears and teeth checked and was given a series of vaccinations at his check-up, the zoo said in a statement.
As yet unnamed, the tiger cub was the fourth litter to 15-year-old Toma, who came to Pittsburgh from the St. Petersburg Zoo in Russia, Tracy Gray, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Zoo, told RIA Novosti.
“Since Toma’s parents were rescued from a reserve and brought to the zoo, they are considered wild-caught cats,” Gray said.
“Toma’s genetics had never been introduced into the North American population until she began having litters, so her cubs are very valuable.”
Amur tigers were once found throughout the Russian Far East, northern China and the Korean peninsula, but the felines were hunted to the brink of extinction, and by the 1940s, there were only 40 Amur tigers left in the wild.
Russia was the first country in the world to grant the tiger full protection, and by the 1980s, the population of the rare tiger had grown to around 500.
Today, there are believed to be around 450 Amur tigers in the wild – mainly in the Sikhote-Alin range in the Primorski and Khabarovski provinces of the Russian Far East, and in the border areas of China and possibly North Korea, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The felines are the largest member of the cat family, growing to nearly four feet (1.2 meters) tall and more than seven feet (2.1 meters) long and weighing up to 660 pounds (299 kilograms).
US zoos are home to some 200 Amur tigers, which, Gray said, “do very well in captivity.”

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 7:40 am
He is a cutie and if Pittsburgh turns out to be a better atmosphere for him than in the preserve, great.

Sandi C (98)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 8:28 am
What a cutie just makes me want to hold him.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 8:56 am
" do well in captiviy" And this will be the demoninator between which species makes it.

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 8:59 am
A beautiful sight to see. Thank you.

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:23 am
I love Pittsburgh zoo! Grew up in Pittsburgh!

Karen Avery (118)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 10:06 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 10:07 am
thanks for very good news Cher:))

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 10:44 am
He really is beautiful! Ms. Tomas is doing a great job of introducing genetic diversity into captive populations.

. (0)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 11:01 am
I would someday love to hold a baby tiger. Have a happy life.

Betty Kelly (4)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 11:45 am
Zoos are better than extinction but I wish wild animals could thrive in the wild.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 11:46 am
Really cute but, should have been born in the wild!

Lisa W (143)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 1:33 pm
It is great so see this, so very adorable! Ty Cher!

Wednesday May 22, 2013, 12:41 am
Noted. Sooo cute.Thanks Cher

paul m (93)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 2:18 am

Nice one..

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 3:47 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 12:04 pm
tigers were not put here for man to gawk at in zoos or anywhere else. They belong in the wild and we should be concentrating on preserving that habitat or placing them in the wild and leaving them alone>

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 6:06 pm
how beautiful, thanks Cher
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