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Siberian zoo shares a video of a young tiger using an unusual high-pitched call

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 February 2021

The sound described as ‘crying and giggling’ is the cub’s trademark way to seek attention, the zoo said.

The Amur tiger cub was born at the beginning of June 2020 as part of a large litter of four to parents Sherkhan and Bagheera. Picture: Barnaul Zoo

A short video shared by Lesnaya Skazka zoo in Barnaul, gateway to the Altai mountains in Siberia shows an eight months old Amur tiger cub ‘singing’ in the most unusual high-pitched voice. 

The sound - which is is alike to a bird chirping, a cry and a monkey giggle at the same time - is the cub’s favourite way to attract mother’s attention, the zoo said in the comments to the recording. 

‘The cub is feeling very well indeed, his throat is not hurting. This is the call he used since very early after birth to distract his mother from all other cubs, and grab her attention’, one of the staff members explained. 

They confirmed the recording was genuine, and explained that the sound was so unusual because tigers’ vocal cords 'were not designed for such high-pitched notes.’

The Amur tiger cub was born at the beginning of June 2020 as part of a large litter of four to parents Sherkhan and Bagheera. 

Pictures and video: Oksana Vasilyeva/Barnaul Zoo

Siberian zoo shares a video of a young tiger using an unusual high-pitched call 



Siberian zoo shares a video of a young tiger using an unusual high-pitched call 




The Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat, gradually recovering from the verge of extinction.

Less than 600 adult animals - 95% of the world population - live in the Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur and Jewish Autonomous regions in Russian Far East. 

Comments (9)

This poor tiger should be released immediately in the wild where he belong! What do you really think? That he is enjoying his captivity and therefore singing happiness?? Are you kidding me
Tony zadel, Belgium
09/03/2021 15:59
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This poor tiger should be released immediately in the wild where he belong! What do you really think? That he is enjoying his captivity and therefore singing happiness?? Are you kidding me
Tony zadel, Belgium
09/03/2021 15:58
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Hobbes is popping off!!!
Calvin Feldae, Berlin, Germany
08/03/2021 20:11
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I love these amazing animals. I would like to thank all people who are protecting them in Russia. Thank you so much.
Gábor Debrődi, Hungary
25/02/2021 02:00
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Thank you for sharing this video. the tiger almost sounfs like he is in pain. have the vets checked him out to make be is ok?
Rose Stephenson, usa
24/02/2021 09:12
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Great story and video. Amazing and beautiful animals.
Uncle Sam, USA
23/02/2021 03:52
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Are the 600 adult tigers mostly in the wild? Is this a breeding population to be eventually released in the wild? Beautiful cats. Amazing vocalizations. Thank you to the zoo and Siberian Times.
Shona Moonbeam , Fenwick, Michigan, USA
20/02/2021 22:03
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Thank you so much for showing us this unusual and beautiful cat...
Jasmina Certic, Srbija, Maroko
19/02/2021 16:50
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Thank you so much for sharing this amazing "cats chorus" annecdote, with truly amazing footage...Bet you he's the hyperactive, hyper intelligent, multi tasker, non violent and multi talented singer of the magestic pack!!! If as a baby cub he already knew the tricks of capturing his beloved mom's attention to become the centre of it all; then he's your genius boy!

Hopefully his singing skills will capture all the gorgeous ladies attention in the future and that his brilliant high
pitched singing will echo through the forests of Russian Far East for the generations to come...
Anonymous, Switzerland
19/02/2021 01:04
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