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Rare Siberian tiger triplets born in Crimea

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 01:00

A safari park in Crimea, one of the largest in Europe, welcomes rare Siberian tiger triplets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Crimea's safari park, which claims to be the biggest lion and tiger park in Europe, welcomed rare Siberian tiger triplets to its fold in July. The little tiger cubs born from a tigress named Gretta are perfectly healthy and being looked after by their mother, park zoologists say. Triplets surviving after birth are a rarity in tigers, usually when multiple cubs are not all survive, according to animal experts. The triplets born in the Taigan Safari Park, near the town of Belogorsk, are doing so well that they may even be released into the wild in Russia's Far East, when they are older and stronger according to park representatives. The cubs were born on July 9 and their eyes were still partially closed. Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers or Ussuri tigers are the world northernmost tiger species. In the beginning of the 20th century the population of the Siberian tigers was declining with just dozens of animals inhabiting the Russian Far East. By 2015, the population increased to about 500, but scientists still consider the species endangered. The Taigan Safari Park is home to more than 2,500 animals, including 60 lions, 40 tigers and many big hoofed animals.

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Rare Siberian tiger triplets born in Crimea

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 01:00