Noisy tigers for the Friday win: a baby Sumatran tiger and adults nomming

Okay, enough about circumcision and your host’s sorrow that posts on genital snipping garner more interest than those about horseshoe crabs. It’s week’s end, and that means it’s felid time!

Baby tigers are the world’s cutest felids.  And I will do virtually anything for a reader that can help me pet or hold one!  Here’s a three-week-old cub at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Washington state.

And these adults also make a lot of noise. I guess I would, too, if people were tossing me steaks!

h/t: Michael


  1. Scott near Berkeley
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    That diesel engine sound is the equivalent to electric can openers across America!

  2. Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    If it’s any consolation, JAC, I comment less on subjects I know less about — horseshoe crabs among them. Being spiders rather than crabs makes them even less cute, too. Now, felids, of any age or stripe, well, that’s my heart, right there!

    • Posted September 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      +1. I love the biology posts just as much, there’s just less to debate. 🙂

  3. Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    You know, I could swear that the sound the tigers made before the meat got tossed over the fence is the same one Baihu makes when I’m preparing his own meat for dinner, except transposed down a couple octaves.

    Fancy that….



  4. BilBy
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Pet a tiger cub? Make sure it is a really small cub! When they get labrador sized they are still ‘cubs’ but seem to be made of something much denser than mere meat, bone and stripy fur. I was ‘petted’ by a tiger cub in a S.African zoo and, frankly, it turned pretty intense pretty quickly – it was astonishing how strong it was and how easily it could have knocked me down with one rumbustious lolloping pounce. This, I was warned, was not a good idea: once down I would no longer be a fun playmate but a potential juicy chew toy. I hope you get to pet a tiger cub Jerry – just please find the smallest, youngest one you can.

  5. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    If you would really do anything…… try contacting these people.

  6. 586444
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Dang, I thought I read “win a baby Sumatran tiger”. Instead we just get videos. Oh well.

  7. Litchik
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    It’s all the science posts we read here and the cats. But the really interesting ones don’t leave us wanting to comment, but to search for more information. I’d say your best posts are the ones with fewer comments.

    • Posted September 15, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Exactly! (Well, except for the kittehs, of course.)

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