In the searing heat, this tiger was looking for a novel way to cool off as it endured the rising temperature.
The graceful but deadly cat first surveys the drop below before using her huge paws to launched herself into the water. However, this is no tropical waterfall in the depths of the Indian jungle. Sayan is an endangered Amur Siberian Tiger and is a new arrival at Yorkshire Wildlife Park – and staff say she is proving to be quite the water baby in the heat.
The three-year-old big cat is one of the attractions at the Doncaster wildlife park’s reserve, Land Of The Tiger. When the temperatures rose to 25 degrees, Sayan decided to take an impromptu dip. But the pool at the top of the waterfall wasn’t enough to properly cool her down so – to the delight of visitors – she dived down the four-metre waterfall into the lagoon below.
The Amur tiger is the largest big cat in the world and is the largest and heaviest sub-species of tiger, with males weighing in at up to 700 pounds.