Siberian tiger wades through algae while trying to cool off at Copenhagen Zoo

[Denmark] This Siberian tiger looked to be very much out of his depth as he waded through the thick green algae of a pond.

Majestic: Amateur photographer Soren Nielsen, who took the pictures, said the tiger appeared to be enjoying his swimming session
Majestic: Amateur photographer Soren Nielsen, who took the pictures, said the tiger appeared to be enjoying his swimming session

But the playful predator – who was completely submerged up to his neck – was in fact going for a quick dip when a keen photographer started snapping.

Playtime: After doing several lengths of the pool, the tiger emerged on the bank to play with a stick - the weeds remained around his jaw
Playtime: After doing several lengths of the pool, the tiger emerged on the bank to play with a stick – the weeds remained around his jaw

After doing several lengths of the 20 metre long pool, the tiger emerged on the bank to play with a stick – the tell-tale weeds remained around his jaw.

Buried: The powerful Siberian tiger looked to be very much out of his depth as he waded through the thick green algae of the pond
Buried: The powerful Siberian tiger looked to be very much out of his depth as he waded through the thick green algae of the pond

His humorous antics were captured by amateur photographer Soren Nielsen at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.

The 31-year-old software developer, said: ‘It was a sunny day and the tiger was running around playfully, so I think he got into the pond to cool off, of maybe just for fun.

‘He certainly enjoyed the water.

That's better: The photographer said it was a sunny day and after the tiger was seen running around playfully it had a dip to cool off
That’s better: The photographer said it was a sunny day and after the tiger was seen running around playfully it had a dip to cool off

‘I was standing watching for 20 minutes, and in that time he swam about three times for about three minutes each time.’

‘He is quite young and seemed to be enjoying every second of it.’

Circuit training: The photographer watched for 20 minutes as the tiger swam about three times for around three minutes each time
Circuit training: The photographer watched for 20 minutes as the tiger swam about three times for around three minutes each time

Mr Nielsen, who lives with his girlfriend in Copenhagen, added: ‘It was a great set of pictures to get – there were lots of leaves and weed in the pond and it looked like he was swimming in pea soup.’

There are believed to be little more than 500 Siberian or Amur tiger in the wild, living in the Russian Far East.

Endangered: There are believed to be little more than 500 Siberian or Amur tiger in the wild, living in the Russian Far East
Endangered: There are believed to be little more than 500 Siberian or Amur tiger in the wild, living in the Russian Far East

Males typically grow to weigh up to 300kg.

Tigers are usually strong swimmers and have been known to swim several kilometres.

 

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