Five, Count 'Em, Five Tigers Born in New JerseyThere are an estimated 500 or so Siberian tigers left in the wild. A mother cat at Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari in New Jersey has added the equivalent of 1% of that population in one day. That was on May 2, when a tiger named Nadya gave birth to her third litter consisting of one male and four female cubs. Tigers usually bear two to four cubs at a time.Four of the cubs were at normal weight and are deemed healthy. One female cub was underweight, and was put in an incubator and hand-fed by staff. She is thriving under the extra care, and is catching up to her sibling's size rapidly. The four larger cubs will soon go on display at the park. Nadya's earlier litters were all named after US soccer stars. Whether these five will follow in their footsteps is still up in the air. -via Fark#tiger #Siberiantiger #litter #tigercub
Endangered Species Jigsaw Puzzles with Only as Many Pieces As Animals Left in the WildWorld Wildlife Fund Canada announced a collection of jigsaw puzzles they created with design agency AKQA to raise awareness about biodiversity loss.Entitled Endangered Pieces, four puzzles are produced containing only as many pieces as animals left in the wild. The giant panda puzzle is the largest one with 1,864 pieces, thanks to successful conservation actions. The Sumatran tiger puzzle is 400 pieces, the pygmy three-toed sloth is 79 pieces, and the Southern Resident killer whale is the smallest puzzle with just 73 pieces.
Month-Old Sumatran Tiger Cub Take Its First Wobbly Steps Outside the DenGaysha is a Sumatran tigress who lives in the ZSL London Zoo. Last December, the ten-year-old tigress gave birth to a cub. Now, Gaysha mostly stayed with her cub in their cubbing den. But on this particular sunny day last January, Gaysha decided to introduce her cub to the outside world. With some encouragement from its mother, the cub slowly but surely climbed up the small gap with its tiny paws. The cub then (presumably) dropped outside the cubbing den and into the ground outdoors.The Sumatran tiger cub in question is still unnamed, and its gender is yet to be known. One thing's for sure, though: it is one cute tiger cub!(Image Credit: ZSL - Zoological Society of London/ YouTube)#Tiger #Cute #Animals #Adorable
An Ancient ‘Tiger God’ Helps Communities and Big Cats Coexist in IndiaIndia is home to a billion people, but it is also home to tigers and leopards in its forests. Living side-by-side with wild predators is usually a recipe for disaster -most often for the predator species. But in India, people who live near forests respect the big cats, and we've even seen villages come together to rescue leopards that fall in wells. There is even tolerance for cats that attack livestock. This may be due to reverence for the tiger god of the Hindu religion, as evidenced by the shrines found in forests across the country. For many indigenous communities in the region, tigers and leopards are the same animal, and the big cat deity they represent is known by different names: While the Gonds call it Baghdev, the Warlis know it as Waghoba, a combination of the Marathi words for big cat and community elder. Each shrine dedicated to the animal is marked by a stone statue or a wooden panel made of teak, painted or engraved with the animal’s image. The idol is often placed under a thick canopy of lush green trees. “Just like the tiger should roam freely in its natural habitat, the deity too, should exist unbounded,” says Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, an acclaimed Warli artist who grew up listening to an intricate crossweave of mythical tales and anecdotes about the forest and its inhabitants. In some villages, however, particularly those on the fringes of more populous areas, the statue or image is placed under sun-dried thatched roofs—or, if the village can afford it, installed within a modest temple, where it often shares space with other idols.Villages have regular rituals to pay homage to the tiger god, and sacrifice a goat or chicken to ensure protection from the cats' wrath. Conservationists are studying these beliefs and rituals to see how humans and wild animals can share space without destroying each other. Read about the tiger god at Atlas Obscura. ​(Image credit: Davidvraju) #tiger #leopard #India #Baghdev #tigergod
The Funniest Animals From the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsThe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awardscompetition has just released their 2021 finalists for the world's funniest animals, so how could we not post it on Supa Fluffy?The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition was started 7 years ago back in 2015 by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE. Tom Sullam and Michelle Wood joined in afterwards and the founders grew the online award to a tradition that people all over the world look forward to every year.In addition to photographs, this year's competition also has funny animals caught on video. This one above is from "Hugging best friend after lockdown" by Rahul Lakhmani.More than 7,000 photographs were submitted to the competition and a total of 42 photographs were selected as finalists. The category and overall winners will be announced on October 22, 2021.#FunnyAnimals #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwardTake a look at our favorite funny animals and finalists 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards below: