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Tiny Tiger, Part II
Tiny Tiger sees a colorful peacock.
Tiny Tiger sees a colorful peacock.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Tiny Tiger."

Tigers don't like hot weather. They will often cool themselves off by lying in shallow pools of cool water.

The little cubs wrestle and tumble by the cool jungle lake. Tiger cubs play games that are good practice for hunting. They also learn to stalk, chase, and pounce by watching their mother.

Tiny Tiger sees a colorful peacock. She takes a few steps toward the beautiful bird. It flies away! Tiny Tiger thinks the peacock is afraid of her. But she is wrong.

The bird has seen something large in the grass. Suddenly a loud roar freezes Tiny Tiger in her tracks!

There is another tiger here! The cubs run and hide behind their mother. Mother Tiger is not scared because she knows this visitor. He is Father Tiger. They rub necks to say hello.

Tiny Tiger bravely jumps from behind her mother. She growls a baby growl. Her father gently rubs her with his big paw before going on his way.

Tiny Tiger won't always have Mother Tiger to protect her. A tiger cub will leave its mother after two years to find its own territory. There, the cub will spend most of its life hunting and living alone.

Tiny Tiger is a playful cub. She creeps slowly and quietly to practice hunting. Her little body stays low to the ground, and her ears press flat against her head. Suddenly she jumps! She has caught a peacock feather!

Tiny Tiger has caught a peacock feather!
Tiny Tiger has caught a peacock feather!
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

One day, Tiny Tiger will catch real food. Tigers are carnivores, meaning they hunt for their food and eat meat. Today is just for fun, though. Her brothers chase her, trying to steal her prize. Tiny Tiger runs to Mother Tiger and shows her the colorful peacock feather.

The family returns home for a short nap. The cubs cuddle together in front of their cave. Mother Tiger washes each of the three cubs with her rough tongue. Then she lies down with them to rest.

If the cubs try to wander off, Mother Tiger will bring them back. Mother Tiger can carry her cubs by gently grabbing a cub's neck in her mouth. Loose folds of skin on the top of a cub's neck are a natural handle for Mother Tiger.

Mother Tiger washes each of the three cubs with her rough tongue.
Mother Tiger washes each of the three cubs with her rough tongue.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

After her nap, Mother Tiger hunts for food for her little cubs. She leaves them safely napping near the cave.

Tiny Tiger's legs kick as she sleeps. She flicks her tail and growls softly. She dreams of the day when she will grow up to roam the jungle as a mighty tigress.

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