- Siberian tigers are endangered species native to Asia and Eurasia. These solitary cats can weigh up to 750 pounds and are adapted to survive cold climates.
- Siberian tigers usually prey upon deer, water buffalo, and pigs. Birds are not usually on the menu although some tigers in captivity have been known to catch birds for meals.
- In the video, a group of tigers become fascinated with a birdlike creature–a drone! They stalk it until one brave tiger takes it down.
There are some fascinating perspectives in this unique footage. It was recorded at the Siberian Tiger Park in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Scroll down to watch the full video of eight Siberian tigers getting obsessed with and eventually ‘catching’ a drone. The drone footage gives you an insight into what it would be like to be chased by a Siberian tiger which does not look like a lot of fun!
Siberian Tigers in the Wild
Siberian tigers are also known as the Amur tiger and are an endangered native species of Asia and Eurasia. They usually grow to weigh up to 750 pounds and live a solitary life. They are adapted for a cold climate with thick fur but no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes – similar to a human fingerprint.
They also have short, pointed ears on their flattened head and snout. Their body is muscular and their hind legs are longer than their front legs so they can leap a long way in the air. We see a great illustration of this in the clip below.
In the wild, they can get very aggressive about defending their territories against other tigers and leave claw marks and urine to mark their patch!
Is It a Bird or Is It a Drone?
Birds are not at the top of a tiger’s list of prey. They usually hunt deer, water buffalo and pigs. In captivity, they are usually fed beef, chicken and rabbits. However, there are reports of captive tigers chasing and catching birds. Tigers are ambush predators and like to leap at prey so what you see here is the tigers honing their skills on something that has taken their interest.
The whole group of tigers become obsessed with the drone and follow it around the enclosure. They cannot take their eyes off it and even bump into each other as a result!
Eventually, one of them makes a massive leap and sweeps the drone to the ground where all the tigers gather around it and start to rip it apart. However, they soon discover that it is not that tasty. Once the drone starts to give off smoke, they back away!
These tigers look a little tubby and we are told that this is because they have been fattened up to help them get through the colder months. As the weather warms up, their food intake will be reduced. Drones are not part of a tiger’s diet!
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