Playful Amur Tiger Cubs Enjoying the New Outdoor Venue
Cubs will be out daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Pittsburgh) (2018)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s seven-month-old Amur tiger cubs have finally graduated to the big tiger yard. After spending the winter in the Amur leopard area, brother and sister cubs Andre and Tesha are now strong enough to tackle the much larger tiger yard.
Keepers let the cubs acclimate to the tiger backrooms before they opened the door to the outside yard and encouraged them to go outside. “They loved being outside at Amur leopards so I really thought they would run over each other to get outside into a bigger yard,” says Kathy Suthard, Lead Carnivore Keeper.
Keepers never force animals to come in or out, it is always up to the animals. If they don’t want to come out, keepers simply wait for another day. They were a little surprised when Andre bolted right out. Tesha, true to character, was more tentative and hung back for a little while.
Andre looked back to see if his sister was following and then kept going. He began exploring and moving about, sniffing the grass and following the scents that his parents Pasha and Terney, left behind. He even became interested in a bird who swooped down low over this head.
Finally Tesha, curious as to what her brother was doing, slowly made her way out into the yard. She was more cautious than Andre and preferred to stay near the open gate at first. Then, her confidence grew and she too began exploring the yard.
The next milestone for the cubs is to explore the moat. As a safety precaution keepers have lowered the moat’s water, so if the cubs decide to go for a swim they will be able to stand and move around.
The cubs will be outside every day 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Be sure to stop by and see them.