Don't these tigers look just like giant cozy kitties all snuggled up together? It was a Winter-white snow day at the Bronx Zoo, and while some animals like to play in the snow, these felines are keeping it mellow. See the purrrrty pictures below!
Lil Daseep made his last Frankfurt appearance before moving to a zoo over in Wuppertal, Germany! We learned all about the tiny (comparatively) Sumatran tigers the first time we saw this cub, and here's hoping that there are more pictures when he arrives in his new home.
Until then, check out his massage and posing party below.
This lil one named Daseep made her big debut in Frankfurt this morning and, boy, is she a cutie! Her mom, Malea, was thought to be infertile, but the proof is in the surprise baby. She rejected the cub, so looks like Daseep will be in the hands of humans for now; see more of her and learn about Sumatran tigers in the process.
Do big cats like catnip? See for yourself in this video! I especially love the leopard's reaction!
This may be a tough choice for you — especially the Twilight fans in the bunch — but I'm totally serious! Jackson Rathbone (and costar Nicola Peltz) made some wild appearances at a signing for The Last Airbender this week, and it looks as if he's cooing at the cute cub, too!From my knowledge of the already-completed movie, and the fact that these pics are from a Six Flags yesterday, the lil one doesn't make an actual appearance, but there are plenty of closeup tiger pics for your viewing pleasure below, and I guess there will also be more to see of Jasper, I mean Jackson, in Eclipse, too!
It's no secret that I follow a lot of zoos on Twitter, and this adorable video could not wait for Sunday Funday! Check out a mama Sumantran Tiger giving her lil babe a bath. No need for water for this Sacramento Zoo twosome that tongue's better to clean her with anyway!
While these two lil ones are surely cute, what's cuter yet are their names: Rico and Kico. The (now) six-week-old babes were rejected by mom and dad so now zookeepers take the place of Blanca and Paul. Once again, I've got some clever captions to start clicking and prepare to be entertained!
Of the remaining subspecies, the Sumatran Tiger is the smallest. Well, smallest at 200 pounds for females (300 for males) and only found on the island of Sumatra and in zoos. Check out more pics of San Francisco's crafty creation and her exploration below!
The Year of the Tiger begins soon, so what better time than now to brush up on the existing subspecies still around today? If your eye can't spot the stripes, I've included a fact with each question to help you along!
Sumatran Tigers like lil Puji and Wati are extremely rare due to deforestation and hunting in their native Indonesia, so in efforts to save the species from extinction, the government will allow the rich to adopt them as pets. Yes, I'm totally serious.For one billion rupiah ($107,000), people may adopt a captive-born pair of tigers — they're still state property and will be returned if no longer wanted — and the minimum cage dimensions are 16 feet by 19 feet by 32 feet. While the plan has received criticism from conservationists (duh), the ministry's director general of forest protection and nature conservation said:
"There are many orders from rich people who want them, who feel if they own a tiger they are a big shot. We have to take concrete steps to protect these animals."
These steps include visits at three-monthly intervals by a team of vets, animal welfare officers, and ministerial staff in hopes that some of only 400 still alive today will have homes and be protected from continued deforestation. Right off the bat, I'm wondering what those profits will now fund, but what's your take on the "tiger rental" concept?