Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looks like chicken tonight: Siberian Tigers fed LIVE birds for tourists to gawk at


Ambush: The group of hungry tigers rush up to their keeper's car as they wait to be fed at the Siberian Tiger Forest Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang

These keepers at a Chinese tiger reserve look like they're about to end up on the menu themselves after being ambushed by a gang of the hungry big cats at feeding time.

The incredible scene was captured at the Siberian Tiger Forest Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, which is home to 800 of the critically endangered animals and also serves as a breeding centre.

In a flap: An unlucky chicken desperately tries to escape after being served up for supper in a Chinese Safari park's tiger enclosure

A few moments later the hungry tigers were treated to a meal of live chickens.

Siberian Tigers, also known as Amur tigers, are the world's largest cats. They are found primarily in eastern Russia's birch forests as well as parts of China and North Korea.

In the 1940s they were hunted close to extinction with only 20 to 30 remaining in the wild. However over the past 60 years, their numbers have increased to 500. The animals are hunted for their body parts which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Cat fight: Two of the majestic animals square up. The park is home to more than 800 Siberian tigers and is also a breeding centre for this endangered species

source: dailymail

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