Tigers can swim…
Photo and caption by Shashwat Parhi
A tiger jumps into a pool of water to catch her prized piece of meat at the Odin’s Temple of the Tiger, Six Flags. Much to the amazement of a houseful audience, this tiger made it amply clear that she can swim. Claws retract to make very effective and powerful paddles, ears fold down to keep water out and their excellent eyesight works perfectly even under water. I managed to get this shot when her jaw was stretched to the max, right before that piece of meat disappeared forever into her mouth. The whole thing happened so fast.
Siberian Tiger Grooming
Photograph by Joel Sartore
Many conservation programs have been established to save the critically endangered Siberian tiger, whose numbers have dwindled to mere hundreds in the wild.
Big Cats Initiative
National Geographic is working to avert the extinction of lions, tigers, and other big cats with the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports innovative projects. Learn how you can help save these animals.
Der Tiger (1912)
Oil on canvas
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München
That’ll be Christoph Waltz cuddling a tiger cub on the Jay Leno show.
Let me repeat that: Christoph Waltz. Cuddling. Tiger cub.
(Please excuse me while I take a quick diversion to the circle of fetishists in Dante’s hell by admiring the back of his head rather more than I should.)