Watch These 8 Siberian Tigers Band Together and Take Down a Drone

Siberian tiger with its tongue out
© Thorsten Spoerlein/Shutterstock.com

Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: October 18, 2023

Share on:

Advertisement


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!

Click the Video Below to See Nature Conquer Technology

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!

Largest cats - Siberian tiger

Siberian tigers have thick fur which keeps them warm in cold climates.

©Jan Stria/Shutterstock.com

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.

Siberian tiger chasing a bird

Siberian tigers ambush their prey.

©GUDKOV ANDREY/Shutterstock.com

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!


Share this post on:
About the Author

Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.