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5 Siberian Tiger Cubs Naturally Born in S. Korea
By Park Soung-Jin
Staff Reporter & Editor
Five Siberian Tiger cubs were born in South Korea's Everland Zoo on June 27, 2021. Natural birth of five tiger cubs is very rare.

South Korea's global company Samsung Corp. has recently presented five siblings of newly born Siberian Tigers on the verge of extinction, its subsidiary Samsung Resort Group announced.

The company said that the five Siberian Tiger cubs, 50 days old now, were born naturally at Everland Zoo in Yongin south of Seoul. Among the five are three females. They were born on June 27, 2021.

Experts said that it was very rare that as many as five tiger cubs were born in natural birth. Their father was 16-year-old Taeho and mother was 16-year-old Keongon.

Previously the Siberian Tiger couple successfully fathered other cubs.

Experts also said that normally Siberian Tigers give birth to two to three cubs at most. Internationally it is very rare as well for the Siberian Tigers give birth to five cubs at one time.

Globally there remain no more than 1,000 Siberian Tigers. Half of them are inhabiting the wild habitat in Russia's Far East and in Northeast China.

The Siberian Tigers, also called Amur Tigers, are protected by international agreement dubbed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and by the CITES "Appendix I" clause.

Once the Siberian Tigers roamed on the Korean Peninsula by the hundreds perhaps by the thousands, according to animal experts. Local Koreans call them Korean Tigers.

They say that it was the Imperialist Japan that killed the Korean Tigers into extinction as they colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910 till 1945.

Experts estimate that there are some 20 Siberian Tigers in North Korea.

From 1592-98 Japanese generals hunted and killed hundreds of Korean Tigers when they raped the Korean Peninsula in Hideyoshi Invasion.



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Park Soung-Jin serves as a staff reporter & editor of The Seoul Times. Park studied Chinese language at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He was a graduate of 43rd class ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps). He finished his military service as the 1st lieutenant in the ROK Army.

 

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