South China tiger cub born in South Africa
GOV.cn Monday, November 26, 2007


The undated photo shows that Li Quan, founder of Save China's Tigers, holds a South China tiger cub in Laohu (Tiger) Valley Reserve about 600 km south of Johannesburg of South Africa. A male South China tiger cub was born at a wildlife conservation reserve in the Free State province, South Africa, on Friday, the first time the animal has been born outside China, the Save China's Tigers organization announced on Sunday. [Xinhua Photo]


A raiser feeds the South China Tiger cub with milk in Laohu Valley Reserve about 600 km south of Johannesburg.  [Xinhua Photo]


A raiser feeds the South China Tiger cub with milk in Laohu Valley Reserve about 600 km south of Johannesburg. [Xinhua Photo]


The South China Tiger cub stretches its claws in Laohu Valley Reserve about 600 km south of Johannesburg.  [Xinhua Photo]

A male South China tiger cub was born at a wildlife conservation reserve in the Free State province, South Africa, on Friday, the first time the animal has been born outside China, the Save China's Tigers organization announced on Sunday.

The cub was born healthy and strong, and weighed heavier than normal at 1.2 kg, Li Quan, founder of the organization, said in a statement on the organization's website.

"Although his eyes have not yet opened, he (the cub) is already quite vocal, especially at feeding time," the statement said.

It is the first cub born to the female tiger, Cathay and the male tiger, TigerWoods, who are both undergoing rewilding training at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa.

After the birth, Cathay showed her motherly instincts by cleaning and licking her cub, but un-seasonally cold weather left the reserve's staff no choice but to remove the cub to prevent it from dying from exposure.

The organization said the cub was being hand-reared and would be taught to hunt for itself.  

Editor: Nie Peng
Source: Xinhuanet