Amur Tiger Cub

5 months old and full of energy

5 months old and full of energy

Day 3 of the Best of ’09 Challenge. Today’s challenge is to write about the best article I read in 2009. I read a lot. Hard to pick one article, but I did enjoy an article on the Laughing Yoga.

And today I found myself laughing at the antics of a pair of tiger cubs. Yes, laughing is great medicine for whatever ails you.

Now about those tiger cubs. This is one of two females born on July 8, 2009. The cubs, recently named Tula and Nuri, were born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin. They are now old enough to be making regular appearances in their indoor exhibit every day.

The name Tula is from the South African language, isiZulu, and means “quiet.”  Nuri means “my flame” and is Hebrew.

After watching the two cubs play and interact for nearly an hour this morning, I am guessing that the cub in the photograph is Nuri – if she is living up to the meaning of her name. She spent most of the time chasing her sister, and when the other cub finally dropped in her tracks to take a nap, Nuri took a few pounces on her sleeping sister. Tula turned her back on the more rambunctious cub, and Nuri posed – briefly – before taking another pounce towards her watchful mother.

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  1. Aww, cute kitty!

  2. Too cute. Makes you want to take one home.

  3. A beautiful capture of the tiger cub. 🙂

  4. If that isn’t cute, I don’t know what is! Great portrait!

  5. I think you picked a great one. What a shot!

  6. LOVE this, Bo!!! What a cutie!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous cat portrait. What a beautiful..and very impressive animal..and so well captured. Love this!

  8. That’s totally adorable!

  9. lady percy says:

    Aww! I want one! 🙂

  10. Beautiful! I love how the background color tones compliment the tiger. Are you sharing this image with the zoo? I would imagine they would enjoy having it! 🙂

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