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Tiger Cubs Practice Sparring

The Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is the biggest cat in the world. Image via Depositphotos

This article is part two to First-Time Mother Tiger Learns To Care For Cubs.

Growing Cubs

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Tiger cub. Image via Depositphotos

When we left off, the new mother tiger was teaching her cubs how to survive in the wild. 

Now the cubs are half-grown and developing their own personalities. However, they still stick together and need to learn more crucial survival skills, including how to fight. They practice with each other, and although it may appear aggressive, it’s always controlled and they rarely hurt one another. 

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“Growing Up in the Tiger Family” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: BBC Earth

Last Moments as a Family

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Tiger cub playing with her mom. Softeis, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As the 2-year-long documentary begins to wrap up, the cubs are nearly fully mature adults. Their mother is growing increasingly irritated with their presence in her space, and it will soon be time for the tigers to go off on their own. 

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“Tiger Cubs’ Last Moments as a Family” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: BBC Earth

Tigers Birth to Adulthood

Tigers are considered cubs for two years, and thereafter are old enough to go off and live independently. For most of a tiger’s life, that is on average 10–20 years, they live solitary lifestyles and claim a territory entirely of their own.

Female tigers reach sexual maturity at around 3–4 years old, and males at 4–5 years. Around 2–4 cubs are born from a pair every two years, but the infant mortality rate is about 50%.

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Siberian tiger mother and cub (Panthera tigris altaica). Image via Depositphotos

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Panthera tigris. Image via Anil Öztas, FALCC-BY-NC-4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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