Viktor and Talya

Meet Viktor and Talya, the Toledo Zoo’s new tiger cubs. They were born in September and put on exhibit early this year. Last weekend, Michelle and I finally got over to the zoo to see them. The zoo is great this time of year – the animals are more active in the cold then they are in the summer, and there are hardly any people there.

Playfighting
168mm, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

When we went to see the baby elephant last fall, we waited 15 minutes in a line and got four minutes in front of the exhibit. This time, we spent 25 minutes watching the cubs play and talking to Jim, one of the docents.

Playtime
180mm, 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Viktor and Talya acted just like big kittens, but at six months old they’re already as big as medium-sized dogs. Their paws were enormous and you can tell they’re going to be huge.

Mother and Cubs
96mm, 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

The cubs’ mother is Marta, who was also born at the Toledo Zoo. These are Marta’s first cubs, but she seems to be doing a great job with them.

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