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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wildlife Wednesday: Hold That Tiger!

Good news on the Year of the Tiger front: the Panna Tiger Reserve in India announced in late May that three new cubs were born to one of their females. This is exciting news for a habitat that - just a few years ago - lost all of its tigers to poachers. All of them.
Through a translocation program with other reserves, the Panna reserve has been able to bring tigers back to their area, and, judging by this new litter of cubs, even begin to thrive.
More on this story here.
Now, since the goal of the Panna Tiger Reserve is to allow tigers to live undisturbed in the wild, there are few pictures and even less video of the tiger cubs, so I thought I'd include some video of other tiger cubs to pique your imagination.
In Belgium:

In Seattle, WA:

And here at our own Denver Zoo:

I figure that the Panna tiger cubs are about six or seven weeks old by now, so they are probably about this size now (this is, I believe, the same cub from the 2nd video):

"For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish piecemeal." - Thomas Jefferson

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