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Six of the best - tigress gives birth to half a dozen cubs from one of the world’s most endangered species

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 June 2018

Now the difficult task for zoo keepers: stop the mother eating them.

The new arrivals are certain to be an attraction in Barnaul this summer.  Picture here and below: Barnaul zoo 

It is rare to have so many kittens born at once, and so far the proud mother Bagheera is bonding with them in Barnaul Zoo, and feeding her babies.

But zoologist Ksenia Panchuk said keepers are staying clear of the new born Amur - or Siberian - tigers.

'If we leave our smell on the cubs, the mother may feel threatened and either hide them or, like in the wild, even eat them,’ she said.

Yet Bagheera, now six, is so far a caring mother.

She is also experienced. Previously in 2017 she had three cubs.

Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs


Tiger cubs

The little ones were born on 21-21 June and are feeding well, but will only start to open their eyes after about three weeks. 

Ksenia said: 'Six cubs is quite a record number.

'For big cats, it is typical to have between two and four, five as a maximum.’

The father Sherkhan 'does not participate in raising of cubs - he can harm them.' 

The little ones were born on 21-21 June and are feeding well, but will only start to open their eyes after about three weeks. 

The new arrivals are certain to be an attraction in Barnaul this summer. 

'In a month they can be viewed from a distance,’ said Ksenia. 

In three or four months they will come closer, play in front of zoo visitors.

Tigress Bagheera


Tigress Bagheera

In 2017 Bagheera had three cubs. 

'But everything depends on the mother: 

'Bagheera is very sensitive to her offspring’s safety.'

Siberian or Amur tigers are the world’s largest species of cat. 

Only around 550 exist in the wild but numbers are rising. 

Many more are in captivity but the survival of the species depends on the tigers surviving in their natural habitat in the far east of Russia.

Comments (4)

BRAVO in Bagheera and for its beautiful reach of 6 little Tigers! My God, they are so beautiful with their Mom.

You really have to protect them!

Vanina BESSE, FRANCE
19/07/2018 17:35
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Poor babies.... if they were born in the wild - they most likely would have been killed by poachers, these are born in captivity which is also a disaster... People are the worst....
Also odd to see the statement that the numbers of tigers are rising...
E, MOscow
05/07/2018 18:57
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I agree with Jocelyne and thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. I would have a hard time not cuddling these precious cubs but I realize this is not helpful to their care with their mother so I will enjoy the pictures and imagining cuddling them.
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
04/07/2018 22:10
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Cute kittens. Mom will be very busy ....
Jocelyne, FRANCE
02/07/2018 04:32
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