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Tiger Cubs At The Central Park Zoo

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(credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PRASHANT RAO Two three-month old Siberian tiger cubs wander in their enclosure at central Baghdad’s Al-Zawraa zoo on October 17, 2009. The Iraqi capital’s zoo is enjoying a boom, and not just in attendance — its Siberian tigers gave birth to twins this summer, part of a string of new arrivals fuelling the park’s expansion. In all, Al-Zawraa, once the biggest in the Middle East, currently houses more than 1,000 animals, a far cry from the dozen or so in the immediate aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion, when hundreds of animals were killed, stolen or died of hunger and thirst in their cages. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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