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Heilongjiang breeding center welcomes over 20 Siberian tiger cubs

CHINA-HEILONGJIANG-HAILIN-TIGER CUBS (CN)

A tiger and her baby are seen at the Hengdaohezi Siberian tiger park in Hailin City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, April 18, 2019. There are more than 400 Siberian tigers living in the park and twenty cubs have been born here since the end of February this year. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

HARBIN, April 19 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 cubs have been born so far this year at the world's largest Siberian tiger breeding center in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The China Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center is expected to welcome around 100 cubs by the end of this year, according to the center.

Most of the cubs were born from March to June, said Qiu Hongkun, a senior official with the center.

"To ensure the survival rate, the cubs of first-time moms have to be fed egg yolks and milk by staff," Qiu said.

The cubs live indoors at around 18 degrees Celsius and are only allowed to enjoy the sun outside when they are at least two months old, she added.

China has intensified protection efforts for the tigers in recent years, which has led to rising numbers of the big cat.

The country established the breeding center in 1986. There are more than 1,000 Siberian tigers at the center, compared with only eight in 1986.

Siberian tigers, otherwise known as Amur or Manchurian tigers, mainly live in eastern Russia, northeast China and the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]