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Unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers received by scientists

By The Siberian Times reporter
25 January 2019

For the first time, camera trap recorded 4 cubs at once in their usual life, full of research, games and serene rest.

Four Amur tiger cubs filmed playing at the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve. Picture: Land of the Leopard

The video was received by automatic camera trap in the central part of the Land of the Leopard National Park.

The adult female tiger brought her kittens to the top on one of the hills. 

Having rested a bit and fed them with milk, the tigress went down into the valley, probably for hunting.

The kids from early morning until late evening were left to themselves, frolicking and relaxing in front of the camera.

The unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers was received by the scientists of the Land of Leopard national park


The unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers was received by the scientists of the Land of Leopard national park


The unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers was received by the scientists of the Land of Leopard national park


The unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers was received by the scientists of the Land of Leopard national park


The unique video of the large family of Siberian tigers was received by the scientists of the Land of Leopard national park
Park researchers say this is the first video capturing a brood this big in such a young age. Pictures, and video below: Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve


During simple games, the kittens figured out which one was the main one, training their wrestling skills and periodically changing roles.

Particularly bright moments of fights were dragging each other by ears and tails, and embrace. As scientists explain, such kind of games when cubs learn to communicate with each other are extrmelely important for their' development.  

Young predators obviously did not suspect that someone was watching them.

During the day, they fell asleep several times, huddling closely together.

Obediently waiting for the mother, the kittens stayed 'under control' of the camera all day long, after which they left the shooting site, probably, having responded to the mother's call for dinner.

FOUR AMUR TIGER CUBS



Dina Matyukhina, senior researcher at the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve: 'The kittens are about 3-4 months old.

'It is a great success for us to get such shots: as a rule, kittens are caught by camera traps at a later age when they begin to follow the mother.

'This video gives us a lot of information about the behavioral characteristics of tigers, as well as important data on brood sizes.'

Previously the traps of the Land of Leopard only twice recorded tiger families with four tiger cubs, and the video was filmed for the first time.

Much more often cameras in the south-west of Primorye film broods of tigers, consisting of 1-3 cubs.

Comments (8)

Wonderful pictures hat's off to the people who took them.i know it's not possible but I would Love to hug them as they are so adorable.keep up the good work as your photos are bringing so much Joy to people all over the world wish I was there. All the best Adrian
Adrian Richards, Sydney Nova Scotia Canada
22/02/2019 19:24
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Just a beautiful scene! Gives me hope for these

magnificent cats. Congratulations to all involved.
Bill, Arizona, USA
11/02/2019 11:23
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Great photos and great video! It’s amazing to see those beautiful animals roaming free in the wild!
Snezhana Hristova, Bulgaria
27/01/2019 12:24
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Gorgeous babies, wonderful video!
Gaddemon, New York
27/01/2019 08:49
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Great pictures!
Ron, Ohio USA
27/01/2019 08:08
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Congratulations to Dr. Matyukhina, the other researchers, and the staff at the Leopard Nature Reserve and National Park! It does seem visible in these images, that a successful camera-trap calls for knowledgeable selection, and some careful & prudent preparation of the site. Of course, long-duration drones are fast-approaching, and these will allow near-continuos monitoring & studying of all the members of a limited population within a restricted range, such as the case with these Siberian or Amur tigers. Beautiful pictures!
Ted Clayton, Forks, Washington, USA
27/01/2019 06:28
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Glorious vidéo ... cute healthy tigers cubs in the wildlife ! good work ...
Jocelyne, FRANCE
26/01/2019 21:09
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Amazing - wonderful animals! Stunning pictures.
stephen malberg, Danmark
26/01/2019 18:40
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