Ranthambore National Park, India

Three Bengal tigers play in the water. Two of the Bengal tiger cubs enjoy the refreshing water. The third cub is too energetic and wants to play while jumping onto his siblings.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 140mm

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Three Bengal tigers play in the water. Of course, like all young, they do have lots of energy. They also need to develop their hunting skills. Two of the Bengal tiger cubs enjoy the refreshing water. The third cub is too energetic and wants to play while jumping onto his siblings. He is enjoying playing and splashing in the water. The youngster has his right leg lifted. You see his paw underneath very clearly. What a large paw already. The left front leg pulls up to the front as well. Water goes down the paw with his tail lifted. Watching the Bengal tigers play in this small waterhole is fascinating.

Tigers cubs are born with a weight of about 800 grams / 1.7 kilograms. Of course, like all cats, they are born blind. Therefore, the cubs depend on their mother. It takes around two weeks until they can see. Their mother, called a tigress, will take off with the little ones. She is a busy mother: she spends around 70% of her time with the cubs. In between, she tries to hunt to keep up her energy and give her cubs’ healthy, nutritious milk. The little elusive Bengal tigers play in the meantime. Once they have reached the age of 6-8 weeks, they are ready to eat solid food. Reaching the age of 8 – 10 months, the tigress will then take them along to hunt. She will teach the cubs how to capture prey. Undoubtedly the three Bengal tigers will continue to play until they reach about 15 months of age.

Bengal tiger, Panthera tigris, are listed as endangered animals on the IUCN list.

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