Tiger cubs have a stepmum!
Three Siberian tiger cubs have become the must-see attraction at a Chinese zoo. Some visitors are so thrilled by the little tiger trio and their unusual stepmum that they visit them every day.
After they were born at Hangzhou Safari Park, their real mum resisted feeding them but the zoo came up with a great way to deal with their rejection. Male cub Shuai Shuai and his sisters Mao Mao and Ying Ying were kept away from their parents and became foster kids to a dog!
For four months they have been surviving on milk from a stepdog and have become great friends with their stepmum’s equally adorable puppies!
The tiger family will be reunited when the cubs switch to a meat diet.
Area: Scattered, small areas in Asia
Habitat: Tropical rainforest, snow covered coniferous and deciduous forests mangrove swamps and drier forest areas
Food: Pigs and deer are first choice!
Size: Males are 8 to 10 feet long (tigers are the biggest species of the cat family).
Babies: An average litter is 2 to 3 cubs, which weigh about 2 pounds each; around half of tiger cubs don’t live beyond 2 years of age. (Tigers that breed with lions give birth to hybrids known as tigons and ligers.)
Strength: They are good swimmers and can paddle up to 6 km!
Night: They normally hunt alone at night.
Hunting: Less than 10% of their hunts end successfully for tiger.
Jumping: Tigers can easily jump over 5 metres
Pets: There are more tigers held privately as pets than there are in the wild!
Alice, Year 5
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy