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Two tiger cubs are born in Riga Zoological Garden

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Two Amur Tiger cubs – Tors and Odins – were born in Riga Zoological Garden on August 13, 2014. Workers of the zoological garden maintained secrecy of this event for more than three months, watching over the growth and development of the two tiger cubs and the behaviour of their mother – Katrina.

Katrina abandoned her first-borns in 2011. The nervous and high-tempered mother was often startled by tramway noises and refused to feed her young. The only surviving tiger cub – Klifs Grants – was then raised by workers of the zoo.

Thanks to the support from Latvian Environmental Protection Fund, a special sound-proof protective wall was built between the street and tigers’ enclosure, as reported by the zoo.

On November 14th both striped kittens Odins – 13 kg and Tors – 16 kg were returned to their mother after successfully receiving their vaccination. Starting with November 27th, both will be available for public view nearly every day 10:00-13:00.

The two tiger cubs were given names of Scandinavian gods: Tors (Thor) – is the god of thunder and fertility in Norse mythology and Odins (Odin) – is the all-father of gods and is generally associated with war.

Along with their mother’s milk, the two cubs eat meat since six weeks of age. Their mother carefully watches over her young and protects them from noise and commotion. Aside from that, the two growing tigers quickly tire. This is why their walk and playtime is limited to 2-3 hours, but only under condition that their mother does not see any threats to their safety.

However, because Amur tigers are not afraid of snow and frost, live streaming of the tiger enclosure (available at and shows that the young carnivores become braver and more active every day.

Amur tiger EEP (European effort to conserve endangered species) has been created in order to preserve a genetically healthy population of Amur tigers in captivity. There are less than 500 species left in the wild, which is even less than there are in zoological gardens around the world. Amur tigers continue to die out because of poaching and wood-cutting in Russia’s Far East and China. 88 European zoological gardens are part of the conservation effort and help preserve 232 tigers. Unfortunately, not all of the specimens are suitable for reproduction.

«We are happy that Riga Zoological Garden’s tiger pair is very high in the genetic value rank – Katrina is on the 8th place among females and Pans Janeks is on the 27th as male. This means their offspring are very valuable and are a significant addition to the conservation programme,» – as explained by the zoo.


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