PHOTOS: Rosamond Gifford Zoo Amur tiger cubs enjoy their first winter

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s been five months since Amur tiger cubs Zuzaan and Coba were ready to be shown to the public, and now they are enjoying their first winter!

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo shared some pictures and a video of the tiger cubs on Friday, Jan. 19, running around and playing in the snow.

Although they are still cubs, they have grown a bit since September but are still as playful as ever. Surprisingly to some, these tigers don’t mind a bit of snow as their breed can withstand freezing temperatures.

“Amur tigers were formerly called Siberian tigers, but their population and range have shrunk so much that they are now found only in the Amur River basin in Eastern Russia. Amur tigers are the biggest subspecies of tigers. Their size, thick fur, and the layer of fat on their flanks and belly help keep them warm in extremely cold environments. Their large paws also act as snowshoes!” the Rosamond Gifford Zoo stated.

The nine-month-old tiger cubs are back on exhibit and should be out on the wildlife trail every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Zoo said that Coba’s paw was injured, so that’s why she and her sibling were taken off exhibit.

“We are proud to participate in the Amur tiger Species Survival Plan to aid in the recovery of this rare animal’s population. Please note that we are still being cautious with Coba’s paw and may pull the cubs back inside early if they start getting too rambunctious,” stated the Zoo.

If you want to check out the tiger cubs, you can get a ticket for a reduced price during Snow Leopard Days now through February. Click here for hours.

Families and kids can also come to Kids’ Night Out, where kids aged six through 12 can party like animals. Tickets and more information can be found on Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s website.

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