This is the moment two cute Siberian tiger cubs wrestle with a tiger soft toy, nibbling its tail and clamping down on its throat.
The adorable footage was shared on social media by Yancheng Wild Animal World located in the Yangtze River golden triangle area of the city of Changzhou in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
The footage shows the endangered cubs biting parts of the soft toy as one even demonstrates its early throat-clamping skills.
According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Siberian tigers – a specific population of the Panthera tigris tigris subspecies in far-eastern Russia and north-eastern China – are listed as ‘endangered’.
A zoo spokesperson said the tiger cubs are siblings and four months old, adding that they are like human children, full of energy and curiosity.
Yancheng Wild Animal World has the only drive-tour scenic spot in the province of Jiangsu and contains various wild animals such as deer, camels, and lions.
In 2017, shareholders wanted to remove zoo animals to sell them, but were stopped from doing so. As a result, they reportedly threw a live donkey in the tiger enclosure in front of visitors who filmed the ordeal.
After the donkey was mauled, bosses allegedly threatened to throw other animals in the enclosure, but the authorities intervened. As there are no laws in China to prevent animal cruelty, the incident went unpunished.
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