Sunday 25 June 2017

Snowy treat for Siberian tigers

Siberian tiger Genghis takes as closer look at a snowman made by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling
Siberian tiger Genghis takes as closer look at a snowman made by staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling

Siberian tigers have experienced an early taste of winter after eight tonnes of snow was delivered to their wildlife park.

Staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling built a snowman for the two animals to play with and hid meaty treats for them to find beneath the snow.

They are now hoping for cold weather so that males Mischa and Genghis, both 14, can enjoy the snow for as long as possible.

The pair enjoyed digging out their treats but have left the snowman's carrot nose well alone.

Park manager Gary Gilmour said: "It has been a hit. It is a nice wee enrichment for them getting some early winter snow."

The white stuff was donated by Sno!Zone Scotland, the indoor real snow slope at Braehead in Renfrewshire.

The Amur tiger, also known as the Siberian tiger, is found in far Eastern Asia in mountainous, forested areas.

They are the largest big cats in the world but are under threat from poachers and habitat loss.

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