Photo of the Day #6: Three tiger cubs and a tire

Tiger Cubs

It’s a whole new week, so I’m moving away from the artiodactyl theme (for now, at least) and the PotD will probably take on a more random aspect for a while. Today’s photo is of the tiger cubs Terney (center, with tire), Changbai (left), and Koosaka (right), born at the Philadelphia Zoo a few months ago. They are Amur (or Siberian) tigers, Panthera tigris altaica, the largest of the extant tigers and also critically endangered. While the zoo notes that they contribute to tiger conservation initiatives like the Tiger Conservation Fund, it seems that these cubs will remain in captivity and there seems to be no active breeding program with the goal of release into the wild active at the Philadelphia Zoo.

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