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The wonderful thing about tiggers...cubs Rusty and Yuki play in the autumn leaves and with long suffering mother Yana.<br />
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The endangered Amur tiger cubs - the world’s largest big cats – have been seen by visitors for the first time at the Longleat Safari Park.<br />
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And the precocious pair were soon frollicking in the autumn sunshine whilst playing in the fallen leaves, and pouncing on their long suffering mother Yana.<br />
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The male called Rusty and a female called Yuki, are part of a European wide breeding programme for the endangered sub-species.<br />
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Native to the far east of Russia, the Amur tiger is the largest of the big cats and can weigh up to 300 kg and measure more than three metres in length. <br />
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In the 1930s the tigers had nearly died out due to hunting and logging. At one stage it is thought the population fell as low as just 20–30 animals. <br />
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Although they are still under severe threat their status was officially changed from Critically Endangered to Endangered in 2007.