Katja, the 11-year old female Siberian tiger of the Calgary Zoo has given birth to a litter of three cubs of weight 750 grams each – this was her third litter. None of the cubs of the earlier two litters have survived.
The zoo authorities feel that, given Katja’s new found love towards her third litter, the cubs would survive.
Her previous attempts at motherhood did not succeed because she refused to acknowledge the cubs as hers and maintained a distance.
The Siberian tigers or Amur belong to an endangered and rare species hence any increase in population is always welcome – it is believed that hardly 350 to 400 of these tigers exist in the world as of now.
The mother and her cubs are kept in a special den and the zoo officials are maintaining a constant watch on them through infra red cameras. The cubs would remain out of sight of the public till they are three months old.
Katja, the mother, had been born in Calgary Zoo.