Siblings will do anything to get their parents’ attention to each other, but Sherhan the Little Tiger puts everyone to shame.
The eight-month-old Amur tiger sings to his mother.
According to the keepers of his house – the Forest Fairy Tale zoo in Siberia, Russia – he has been singing almost from birth, and it’s a way to get his mother to notice him.
Sure, it’s not a perfect tone, but it really doesn’t sound like any sound you’ve heard out of a tiger’s mouth before.
Although it sounds a bit croaking, the zoo has assured the public that Sherhan is not in pain of any kind.
He’s just going through the tiger version of puberty, sort of – tigers’ vocal cords are “not designed for such high-pitched notes,” zoo staff explained.
“The little one feels really good, his throat doesn’t hurt. This is the call he used very soon after birth to distract his mother from all the other little ones and get her attention.
Sherhan is one of four cubs born in July 2020.
Amur tigers are the largest cats in the world and were once on the verge of extinction.
They are now on their way back. Most of the population – around 600 – live in the far east of Russia.