Wiltshire magazine presents Longleat's tiger cubs!
PUBLISHED: 12:15 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 February 2013
Spring Fever for Tigers!
Any soap opera would have been proud of the Amur Tigers at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire this week as what initially looked like a cat fight broke out in the tiger enclosure. Claws weren't even drawn however as the two big cats in question - Shouri and Soundari - were only play fighting.
Deputy Head Keeper Ian Turner explained "The tigers can get pretty frisky first thing when we let them out into their enclosure and with the spring temperatures gradually rising, they seem to be getting even more playful. No harm is ever done as the claws are kept in at all times... it's no worse than two domestic cats play fighting, they're just a bit bigger!
The Amur tiger is the largest of all the big cats and is native to far eastern Asia. It is listed as critically endangered with only 200/300 or so still living in the wild. The female can weigh up to 160kg (350lb), roughly equivalent to two 12-stone men!