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Bit of a Stretch

It's Kumara's birthday today (she turns 11) so I wanted to share a few photos of this lovely tiger.

Kumara, an Amur tigress (Panthera tigris altaica) at Jungle Cat World Zoo plops on top of her den and, instead of cooperating with my cleaning proceedures, decides to mock me with a hearty stretch. This was after she decided to go 'roley-poley' on me.

Kumara, I need to clean your enclosure, quit messing about and looking adorable.


Tigers are the largest of the big cats and are exclusively found in Asia from India to Vietnam, from Indonesia to the Russian Far East. The tiger can be divided into 9 subspecies: 4 are currently critically endangered and 3 are already extinct. Though estimations of tiger populations only a few years ago was 5,500-6,000, today populations are likely closer to 3,200 and are still declining. Dramatic declines of the tiger in India, thought to host the majority of the world's tigers, have fallen to less than 1,411. Overall, the past decade has seen a 40% reduction in tiger habitat, which now represents a mere 7% of its historic range. Poaching is a significant problem throughout the tiger's range, the demand for its body parts in traditional medicines, tonics, and exotic dishes driving a lucrative trade that is wiping out entire populations. Long-term threats include habitat fragmentation and prey depletion, which is accelerating the tiger's demise and subsequently reducing the long-term genetic viability of many populations.

If you want to help, the best for you to do is to educate yourself (, never buy products made from tigers or endangered species (, and tell others. Contact me for more information.
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May 22, 2011, 11:15:44 AM
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LenaKemp's avatar
Selfie!!!1 :D (Big Grin) 
tarkheki's avatar
HeWhoWalksWithTigers's avatar
EPIC SQUINTY FACE is the only way to sleep.
tarkheki's avatar
I think Tigers are the only ones who can pull it off. XD
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shadowgirl669's avatar
<333 i would totally sleep beside her, cuddled on the furr  XD     she looks so adorably peaceful
TracyStromberg's avatar
What a cutie pie!!! :meow:
True-InTha-Blue's avatar
She's so fluffy! Its amazing working with these fantastic beast. I envy you. Hope she has a good birthday.
AuroraVeredalia's avatar
Was anyone else thinking "TIGER SELFIE!"? xD
ComicScribe's avatar
If she's even half as adorable and friendly as she seems, I can only imagine you struggling to clean her enclosure. :) Having that said though, if these are the distractions you face, I am tempted to hazard a guess you love being distracted. :) What a lovely tigress she is! Be sure to wish her a happy birthday from all of us here. :) I recall asking you this question some time ago, but even so, I'd love to know whether she is really that friendly as she seems or not. She looks like so content and peaceful, maybe even affectionate! What a wonderful cat. And that brings me neatly to the part which will probably look really weird after all the stuff I have just written about Kumara, still - last, but not least - the photograph. I haven't actually seen anything even half as heart-warming in a while - I could stare at such pictures all day long. :) Thank you for bringing it here to show us! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and what you stand for, as I always have. Best of luck to you!
HeWhoWalksWithTigers's avatar
She really is fantastic. It was easier for her to be friendly and outgoing when her mate Sekuro wasn't around. He was really protective over her and was a bit of a bully at times when she would interact with people. As a result, she became more shy and nervous, but still friendly when he was in the security lockout or sleeping. He was recently moved out, which makes me quite happy. She can be herself again without having to worry.
ComicScribe's avatar
Well, I will never get bored with your stories. :) Now that you mention it, however, I don't recall ever seeing a photograph of Sekuro in your gallery. Perhaps I have still got some catching up to do. Either way, it is amazing how much tigers can differ in behaviour. And how much their environment influences them - be it an overly-protective mate, or the company of people she trusts. And that makes me really glad to hear she is calmer now. :) What a wonderful cat! However, I have to say one thing - even if she wouldn't mind it, I would certainly be very hesitant about even putting my hand on her to pet her. Even though she looks like she would be just asking for it!
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