The mother is a star in the breeding center of the park since she is now a third-time mother, giving birth to quadruplets in 2014 and quintuplets in 2015.
Breeders say it is not so common for the tiger to give birth to this number of babies at one time. The mother tiger, busy taking care of the two male and three female tiger cubs, eats as many as 20 eggs per meal, usually alongside goat’s milk for nutrition.
These quintuplets shows that China has the correct experience in terms of breeding Manchurian tigers.
“It’s good to see that Manchurian tiger quintuplets were born. For the endangered species, that means they have a relatively strong reproductive ability despite such a little population. That makes us confident of their natural breeding in the future,” said Jiang Guangshun, deputy director of filed research center of the national forestry bureau.
Heilongjiang Manchurian Tiger Park sees more than 100 tiger cubs born annually. In an effort to improve their survival ability in the wild, experts and breeders are making newborn tigers get used to the wild as soon as possible. In addition, they have started to reduce unnecessary interventions into expectant tiger mothers’ daily behaviors.