An 11-year-old South China tiger in a Chinese zoo has given birth to four cubs, bringing to 35 the number of offspring she has produced in the past eight years.
It took the tiger supermom just sixty minutes to give birth to her latest babies at the Suzhou Zoo in east China’s Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
It was the tiger’s 10th pregnancy by artificial insemination. In 1992, she produced nine cubs in two litters. Experts say her reproductive rate is twice that of South China tigers in zoos around the country.
The tiger, a little smaller than the Northeast China tiger, has been dying off due to environmental destruction, hunting and its low reproductive rate.