Rare Amur tigers Hector and Harley delighted crowds at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park as they splashed around to prove who was top cat.
The 15-month-old tigers towered up on their hind legs and had visitors spellbound with their aquatic antics at the Doncaster-based park.
The dynamic duo enjoyed the playful duel that sent the spray flying at the park’s Land of Tigers reserve over the weekend.
Hector and Harley were born last March to parents Vlad and Tschuna and they carry the hopes of saving the species on their strong shoulders.
Simon Marsh, Animal Manager of the innovative walk through park said: “They are big playful cats and have grown so much since their birth. It is great to see their playful spirit but it is also important to remember that they are hope for the future of the species.
“We are proud of the work done here at the park to help save a beautiful animal and hope that Hector and Harley can be part of the successful breeding programme that will introduce more Amur tigers into the wild.”
Amur tigers are one of the most endangered species on the planet with less than 600 left in wild because of hunting and disappearing habitat in eastern Russia. But their numbers are climbing thanks to a global conservation campaign, which YWP is heavily involved in.