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Tiger tales: 4 young cubs go on public display at north Japan zoo

Siberian tiger cubs play with their mother Kassandra at Akita City Omoriyama Zoo in Akita Prefecture, in northwestern Japan, on Jan. 4, 2020. (Mainichi/Kaho Shimokobe)

AKITA -- Four Siberian tiger cubs born in autumn have been put on public display at Akita City Omoriyama Zoo in this northwestern Japan city after the facility's special winter opening period started on Jan. 4.

The two male and two female cubs, born on Sept. 29, 2019, are about 70 centimeters in length and weigh some 10 kilograms each. They often run around an outdoor exhibition area and play with their 5-year-old mother Kassandra.

The birth of the cubs marked the first healthy deliveries of Siberian tigers at the facility in 11 years. The zoo is accepting suggestions for their names via a box set up near their pen. Karen Okumura, 8, visited the zoo with her family and said, "I want to give them cute names."

During the period through Feb. 29, the zoo is open only on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Visitors also can enjoy seeing capibaras soaking in a bath as a special event. Masaya Miura, an assistant director at the zoo, commented, "I hope the visitors will also enjoy viewing our red pandas and reindeer, which are resistant to the cold, moving around energetically."

(Japanese original by Kaho Shimokobe, Akita Bureau)

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