The cubs – three females and one male – were born on October 19 at Taihu Lake Longemont Paradise, an amusement park including a zoo in Huzhou, eastern Zhejiang province.
In a social media post, the zoo said, “The golden tiger is a species of mutant tiger produced by the genetic mutation of the Bengal tiger.
“The reproduction rate is lower than that of their close relatives, the white tiger and the snow tiger, and they are less numerous than the pandas.”
The cubs are cared for around the clock by zookeepers as their new parent has yet to show affection to their children due to a lack of maternal experience, according to The daily mail.
To be fair, there are a lot more strained mother-child relationships in the big cat world.
Last year, Leipzig Zoo in Germany celebrated after a lioness gave birth to two cubs – the first time cubs have been born there in 15 years.
In a statement, the zoo said: “Our two lion cubs are dead. We are shocked and sad. Until last night, Kigali had done everything right and was taking care of its first offspring.
“The lioness and her puppy obviously did well. Also yesterday, yesterday evening, the inexperienced mother looked after her boys, before she suddenly ate the two young animals while grooming one. after another completely.
“An autopsy and therefore an examination of minors cannot take place because of this.
“Kigali feels calm today and had already eaten regularly during the day yesterday. She stays in the back first, before leaving the mother’s room in the next few days and re-socializing with the Majo cat. ”
Maren Huck, a lecturer in animal behavioral ecology at the University of Derby, said lionesses sometimes eat their young in the wild, although this is more common in captivity.
Talk to CNN, she said, “If the cubs themselves behave strangely, that could be a reason for the animals to eat their offspring.”
“If their baby does not respond like a baby should, it is not recognized as a baby and therefore the maternal instinct does not kick in.
“This is more likely in captivity because there are more factors that would contribute to it. It is well known that if animals in captivity are stressed, they are more likely to eat their young.
“On the other hand, they are less likely to be malnourished in a zoo. In the wild, if a female is not fit enough herself, she is more likely to eat her young.”
So there you have it, every day is a school day.
Sorry if you clicked for the cute little ones and ended up with this sad infanticide story. Things took a dark turn.
Just go back to the pictures.