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Русский: Бабр, уникальная геральдическая фигура - символ Иркутска.
English: Babr is a unique Russian heraldic charge, the symbol of Irkutsk. Historically, babr was a Siberian-Russian dialect word of Persian origin[1] for tiger (Panthera tigris altaica, which is closely related to Panthera tigris virgata, which occurred in Iran),[2] but the imperial authorities, unfamiliar with life in Siberia, interpreted babr as beaver (Castor fiber), starting a long chain of misnomers and confusion. Over centuries, Babr was depicted as an Amur tiger, as a sable (carrying a beaver pelt) or as a beaver (carrying a pelt of a sable). As of 2011, babr is represented by a fat black beaver carrying a disproportionately small red pelt of a sable.


  1. Humphreys, P., Kahrom, E. (1999). Lion and Gazelle: The Mammals and Birds of Iran. Images Publishing, Avon.
  2. Driscoll, C.A., Yamaguchi, N., Kahila Bar-Gal, G., Roca, A.L., Luo, S.-J., Macdonald, D. and O’Brien, S. J. (2009). Mitochondrial phylogeography illuminates the origin of the extinct Caspian tiger and its relationship to the Amur tiger. Plos One 4: 1–8.
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Бабр (ru); Babr (en); Babr (pl); Бабр (uk); Бабр (be) Геральдический бабр (ru)


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