Tiger cubs in Russian rehab have new games

Ustin, starting his game with the camera in Far East Russia during his rehabilitation for ultimate release back into the wild.

The tiger cub called Ustin is very inventive: he came up with a new game.

He unties the trail camera and plays with the cord which was used to tie it up;  he then catches the cord with his paws.

Kuzya and Borya also started to use the double level grotto as a playground.

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One of the cubs stays at the top level, the other hides in the lower and occasionally jumps out of the cover to try and drag the first one from the top level, carefully catching him over the neck and head.

The one who falls – loses.

Animals also have rules in their games, and each has their own role.

The older the tiger the more complex and interesting are the games.


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