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Endangered big cats: Sad news for Berlin’s Sumatran tiger cubs

Berlin’s tiger babies won’t be involved in a breeding programme to help save the critically endangered species.

A tiger and three cubs in front of stone wall.
Sumatra Tiger Mayang with three of the cubs from her quadruplet litter at Tierpark Friedrichsfelde (Photo: imago images / Schöning).

At almost a year and a half, Tierpark’s Sumatran tiger quadruplets look pretty much like fully-grown tigers. Yet they’re still cute, clumsily lolloping around in their enclosure. But now it’s emerged that this clumsiness is not due to their youth, but a serious problem. It seems they suffer from a genetic malpositioning of their knees, which is why the four of them are unlikely to be included in a breeding programme for the critically endangered tigers. A life without sex looms for Kiara, Seri, Willi and Oscar.



Translated by Aida Baghernejad



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