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Rare Indochina tigers thrive in Berlin

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 01:13

April 3 - Four young tigers, born last August, enjoy the first rays of spring sunshine in their new outdoor enclosure at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Tigers at Berlin's Tierpark Zoo in Germany are soaking up the sun in their new animal kingdom. Now that four baby Indochina tigers have grown bigger, zookeeper Petra Schroeder said upgrading the enclosure was only fitting. (SOUNDBITE) Petra Schroeder, zookeeper, saying (German): "They reached an age where we decided to redo the outdoor enclosure. So the family moved. If they now fall into the water they are old enough and have the ability to swim and to find the exit from the pool." The Indochina tiger is a rare subspecies that currently faces extinction. (SOUNDBITE) Petra Schroeder, zookeeper, saying (German): "This subspecies is a breed and we never had it before. We bred Siberian tigers, years ago. We bred Sumatra tigers but this species is new and the fact that it worked, and with even four off-spring, is something we are very proud of." Tigers in the wild are killed illegally to satisfy an increasing demand for their body parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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Rare Indochina tigers thrive in Berlin

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 01:13