Rare Chinese tiger gives birth in South Africa

Rare Chinese tiger gives birth in South Africa

Published: August 29, 2008 The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: A group devoted to saving rare Chinese tigers is marking a milestone birth in the wild.

The mother was born in captivity in China. She was brought to South Africa in 2004 by Save China’s Tigers to learn to survive in the wild. The group said Friday she gave birth to two cubs earlier this month without human help.

The mother showed “the usual tiger instincts,” hiding the male and female cubs in the bush, the group’s statement said.

Li Quan, who founded Save China’s Tigers, had expected the birth around Aug. 18. She saw signs of the birth that day, but the cubs weren’t spotted for another 10 days.

The cubs’ father also had been born in captivity in China. He was brought to South Africa in 2004.

The Chinese tiger hasn’t been found in the wild in 20 years.



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