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Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm just taking a cat nap: Even a snow storm can't disturb this sleepy Siberian tiger

By Wil Longbottom

That's an odd place to take a cat nap, even if you are a Siberian tiger.

This magnificent animal looks quite at home under a dusting of snow at a zoo in Seoul, South Korea.

Bobby McLeod photographed the docile feline as he slowly woke up and yawned - annoyed that he had nodded off in the snow.

Cat nap: This Siberian tiger managed to catch 40 winks at a zoo in Seoul, South Korea, despite heavy snowfall

The male seemed unaware of the chaos heavy snowfall had triggered around the city and apparently enjoyed the freezing temperatures.

Mr McLeod, an English teacher, had to take the train to the zoo because the surrounding roads were impassable.

The 47-year-old said: 'On this day there was record snowfall and traffic came to a standstill in Seoul.

'Fortunately, due to a fine subway system, I was able to make it out to the zoo although I had to trudge about three kilometres from the subway station up to the tiger enclosure.

'The Siberian tigers love romping in the snow and it doesn't bother them at all.

'I watched as he woke and yawned - then wandered off looking annoyed that he was covered in the snow.'

Fangs for nothing: Annoyed at discovering himself covered in a dusting of snow, the tiger wakes up

Siberian tigers - Panthera tigris altaica - are a subspecies that lives mainly in the Sikhote Alin mountains in Russia.

In the wild they feed on dear, bears, pigs, salmon and rabbits, but rarely attack humans.

Mr McLeod added: 'There were several in the enclosure and this one was happily sleeping in the freezing conditions.

'I was born and raised in South Africa and Zimbabwe, so I've always had a passion for nature and wildlife.'

Not feline it: The disgruntled male then gets up and disappears into his enclosure



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