世界野生動物基金會的路可妮娜(Ekaterina Lukonina)說：「由於西伯利亞虎只在俄羅斯當地生存，因此俄羅斯扮演一個相當重要的角色，我們必須盡我們所能保護牠們」。【shows 9】
※ The original article was taken from Reuters Website. ( 原文取自路透社網站 )
INTRO: Third set of tiger cubs born in Russian zoo. A Siberian tiger in a Russian zoo gives birth to a third set of tiger cubs in three years, a rarity even in the wild.
STORY: Over the last three years, a couple of Siberian tigers in the local zoo in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk have parented seven tiger cubs.
The Siberian tiger, one of the largest of the six tiger subspecies, is considered to be critically endangered, with only an estimated 431 to 529 left according to the last count in 2005.
Mother tiger Iris at the Krasnoyarsk zoo is locally referred to as a Russian mother-hero. She has given birth three times in the last three years, which would be exceptional even in the wild.
The cubs shown on Russian TV-channel RTR are six weeks old. Siberian tigers have practically no enemies in the wild in Russia, except for man, who hunted them for fur until the species became critically endangered.
"Russia plays an exceptional role here, because it is the only region where this big cat still lives," said Ekaterina Lukonina of the World Wildlife Fund. "We have to do everything we can to save the population,," she added. 【shows 9】
The birth of a tiger cub is a big event for any zoo in the world. "We are very lucky to have paired two tigers that go well with one another and got very well used to one another. Once a year, we can expect tiger cubs from them," says Margarita Shushakova, head of the Carnivore Department of the Krasnoyarsk Zoo. 【shows 12】
The cubs will not stay with their mother for long. In a few months, they will be passed on to other zoos. Specialists are already looking for a new home for the cubs, meticulously investigating the conditions various zoos offer for the tigers to live in. Only the best zoos in Russia and the world are allowed to adopt the tiger cubs.
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- Dec 02 Sun 2007 15:36