Just like it is a rare occurrence for humans to give birth to quintuplets, it’s equally as rare for Siberian Tigers to give birth to five healthy cubs at the same time. It is not unusual for one of more cubs to die from the litter.
These adorable quintuplets were born at a breeding center in China, and though they are just about the cutest things ever, their cuteness couldn’t win over their mother and she rejected the cubs shortly after birth.
Since the Siberian Tiger is an endangered species, breeders at the zoo took it upon themselves to raise the cubs.
According to the World Wildlife Fund there are approximately 540 Siberian Tigers left in the wild, so it’s important that each and every Siberian Tiger is taken care of.
Although it is impossible to replace the loving care that a tiger can give her cubs, the breeders are doing their best job. Each day they bottle feed the cubs every three hours. Thanks to their efforts the cubs are growing at a steady rate, around two ounces per day.
In addition to the good news surrounding this litter of cubs, the center says that they hope to have more than 150 Siberian Tiger cubs in the center by the end of August 2017.
Don’t you just want to snuggle with them?
— ShanghaiEye (@ShanghaiEye) June 2, 2017