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By Svetlana Skarbo
19 June 2020

Relaxed-looking family of the world’s largest big cats caught by trail camera in stunning video.

The Amur tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats. About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world's population - live in the regions of Primorsky, Khabarovsk and Amur along with the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. Picture: Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve

Relaxed-looking family of the world’s largest big cats caught by trail camera in stunning video. 

Unique footage shows four endangered predators walking by the side of a lake, a well known watering hole for deer, in the Land of the Leopard nature reserve in the Far East of Russia. 

The three cubs must have just got out of the water because their fur is glimmering under the sun as they get to sniff trail camera set by the side of the lake.

‘It is only logical to see tigers at this site, as usually there is are a lot of deer by the water. Although they are the basis of Amur tigers' diet, this was unlikely a hunting trip’, said Victor Storozhuk from the Science Department of the reserve.

‘The tigers’ fur is visibly wet.’

So they were having a bath, sadly out of the camera’s view.  

‘This is the first time the tigers were filmed by the lake, and as a family,’ he added.

Relaxed-looking family of the world’s largest big cats caught by trail camera in stunning video, shared by Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve

 

It was a young mother known as T61F who brought her first litter on the lake outing. 

She was born in 2016 and as the reserve’s said, they were happy indeed to see her cubs to look so well-fed and healthy. 

Amur tigresses with cubs are rarely caught by photo trails, and less so in summers, so the new footage has extra value for the specialists of the Land of the Leopard. 

The Amur tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats. 

About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world's population - live in the regions of Primorsky, Khabarovsk and Amur along with the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

The core population is under the protection of the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve, established by the Russian government to seek to save the endangered species from extinction.  

Some Amur tigers also live in China and North Korea. 

The next tiger census in Russia will be held in winter 2021-2022.

Comments (7)

Fantastic footage! I hope there numbers are up to 600 as that's an increase, the Russians have done well with tiger protection let's hope these numbers are confirmed in the new census.
Henry sharp, England
03/07/2020 00:08
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Almost wonderful sight to see this magnificent Amur Tigress together with her beautiful 3 sub-adult cubs enjoying life in the Russian Far East. Long may these endangered big cats survive into the future.

Michael Vickers, West Sussex, England
02/07/2020 19:51
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Beautiful imagery of three cubs, inspiring hope for this critically endangered species.
Paul Gilbert, Canada
24/06/2020 00:53
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Beautiful footage! Congratulations to the team which captured it.
Eric Sanderson, New York City, USA
22/06/2020 23:33
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Thank you for sharing this heart warming story with amazing video footage...They all look so healthy and happy strolling along the lake after their afternoon swim.

Big Amur tiger hugs to the Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve and the Russian Government for being leaders in feline protection; enabling them to live care free in this natural wonderland protected paradise.

Lets hope that the reserve and it's majestic inhabitants remain unchanged in their natural splendour for the generations to come,,,
Anonymous, Switzerland
22/06/2020 01:33
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So good! Long live nature! ❤️
Brandon, Australia
21/06/2020 09:17
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three healthy cubs for this young Mum!..good news , thanks...and "snif snif " ..on caméra trap !!
Jocelyne, FRANCE
19/06/2020 21:00
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