Beijing: Tiger keepers in northeast Chinahave found a novel ‘cat and mouse game’ to keep their animals in shape over the winter with a vehicle being used as a ‘mouse’.
The staff at the Siberian Tiger Park in Heilongjiang province, realised that the tigers always followed the feeding truck around their enclosure, so the keepers turned into coaches and started to drive the vehicle around between meals.
Captive tigers eat about 8 kg of meat each day and the staff at the Siberian Tiger Park feed their big cats 10 per cent more in winter because of the cold, Liu Dan, a park worker, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
If the cats do not exercise they will gain weight and like humans, if they are obese they are at risk of high blood pressure, metabolic disorders and could die earlier.
A male adult Siberian tiger normally weighs around 250 kg.
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