Sunday, June 17, 2012

Infrared camera snaps Siberian tiger in wild

The forestry department of Wangqing county in Jilin province confirmed this week it has captured photos of a wild Siberian tiger again with a far-infrared camera set up on Changbai Mountain.

Forestry department workers set the cameras up on the mountain in March and discovered the photos after recently retrieving the cameras.

Jiang Guangshun, expert of the World Wide Fund for Nature, helped confirm that the animals in the photos are the rare cats.

The photos taken in April are valuable for research purposes, he told China Daily on Thursday.
There are about 500 Siberian tigers in the world, mainly live the border region between China, Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

China has intensified the preservation of forests and protection of wildlife in the past decade. The efforts have paid off, with the rare cats' population showing recovery.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dog Nurses Siberian Tiger Cubs In Sochi, Russia

Two Siberian tiger cubs abandoned in Russia by their mother have found an unusual wet nurse — a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, a zoo worker said Wednesday.

The cubs were born late May in a zoo at the Oktyabrsky health resort in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Zoo assistant director Viktoria Kudlayeva said the dog immediately gave the cubs all her attention.
"She accepted them right away," Kudlayeva said in a telephone interview. "She's cleaning them and breast feeding them as if they were her own. And they also sleep together."

The cubs — named Clyopa, after their adopted mother, and Plyusha — are also being fed goat's milk.
Kudlayeva said that the cubs pose no danger to the dog even though they are already showing their claws and hissing.

"They aren't aggressive and they depend on her for feeding," she said.

Fewer than 400 Siberian tigers — also known as Ussuri, Amur or Manchurian tigers — have survived in the wild, most of them in Russia's Far East.