Rare Wild Tigers Pose For Candid Photos In Russian National Park

A camera has caught a series of selfies by a rare Siberian tigress and her cubs, before one of the cubs knocked out the memory card with a paw.

It's not every day that you get to see an endangered species' selfies.

After being poached to near extinction, there are only about 600 Siberian tigers left in the Russian Far East. Cameras in the Land of the Leopard National Park have now captured uncommon candid photos of them, The Siberian Times reported.

Before knocking out the memory card with a paw, a mother tiger and her two cubs were photographed playing around with each other.

"The shots are unique because they do not just show how the animals walk on a path, but display a whole episode of life of a healthy tiger family," Ekaterina Blidchenko, a research fellow at Land of the Leopard, said, according to The Siberian Times.

Blidchenko says that the cubs, who are just four to five months old, are improving their muscles and hunting skills by fight-playing with each other. The mother is actually their first teacher.

The tigress has been spotted by researchers before. She goes by the name of T7F.

The photos are also good news in the recovery of the Siberian tiger. "We see the comfortable behavior of healthy animals, which have enough food in the park," Blidchenko added. In the park, there are about 22 adult tigers and seven cubs.

Watch a stop-motion compilation of all the photos in the video below.

The Siberian tigers are the largest cats in the world. Females typically birth two to six babies per litter, and the cubs stay with the mom until they're about 18 months old, according to National Geographic.

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