It’s not every day that you get an up close look at how Siberian tigers interact with each other as a family in the wild, but newly released photos show exactly that.
The Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia recently published photos it captured of a mother tiger and her two cubs romping around together—right in front of a camera trap, as though they were posing directly for the camera! A camera trap has a sensor that is activated by some type of motion.
A day in the life of a tiger family!
At first, the mother tiger tries to take a nap, but her tumbling cubs are not letting that happen. Later, mama joins in as they chase each other around and hold a wrestling match. Soon, mama is yawning again. These youngsters have too much energy!
The cat family lives in a protected area called Land of the Leopard National Park, which opened in 2012 and covers over 647,000 acres in the southeast region of Russia. The park was created through the Russian government as part of an initiative to help preserve Far Eastern leopards, but it is also home to a number of other wild cats, including the Siberian tiger.
Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, are considered endangered, and while the current population is listed as stable, they are still at a danger of being hunted for game. The park provides an area for the tigers to live without predators.
There are about 22 adult tigers and 7 cubs living within the park.
According to the park, this particular mother tiger, identified as T7F, has been spotted before, in 2014. According to The Siberian Times, the last time this tigress was caught on camera, she was also with cubs. It’s now believed that those cubs grew up and moved further away. One of them was caught on cameras set up in both Russia and China.
“These shots are unique because they do not just show how the animals walk on a path, but display a whole episode of life of a healthy tiger family,” Ekaterina Blidchenko, a research fellow of Land of Leopard and veterinarian at PRNCO Tiger Center told The Siberian Times.
You can see how playful and curious the little tiger cubs get.
The cubs are believed to be about four to five months old, and can be seen play fighting with each other and their mother. Blidchenko notes that this type of behavior is extremely important for the cubs. At this age they are not fully aware of their capabilities, so it is important for their mother to teach her cubs how to fight and hunt.
Unfortunately, one of the cubs pawed the camera too roughly, causing the memory card to fall out and abruptly ending the adorable photo shoot.
Hopefully we will see you again next time!