A rare spotting of a wild Siberian tiger was caught on a security camera in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province for some several seconds on December 5th and he’s real handsome.
Fortunately, the population of rare and wild tigers is currently on the rise. According to another November report by Xinhua, surveys have shown that there are currently some 11 to 13 wild Siberian tigers and 10 to 13 Amur leopards living around China’s Changbai Mountains. The last time similar research was conducted in 1998, there were only six to nine tigers and three to seven Amur leopards around that area.
At the end of November, camera traps at China’s Wanqing Nature Reserve capturing a mother Amur leopard with her two cubs showed the country’s first proof of breeding Amur leopards.
“This incredible find is important for two reasons,” said Joe Walston, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Director for Asia Programs. “Firstly, it shows that our current efforts are paying off but, secondly, it shows that China can no longer be considered peripheral to the fate of both wild Amur leopards and tigers.”
Let’s celebrate now by watching these bumbling baby Siberian tiger cubs get nursed to health by a dog.