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Image of the Day: An Amur Tiger Cub, Safe for Now

A female Amur tiger licks her cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The endangered Amur tiger is the largest cat in the world, reports the Huffington Post, and until the early 20th Century, when habitat loss from human invasion and poaching drove the cats to near extinction, they lived across China, Korea, and Russia.

But the Amur is not the only tiger that risks extinction. Thanks to another human-derived threat, sea level rise as a result of climate change, Bangladesh’s Bengal tiger habitat may be shrinking by 96 percent, according to the World Wildlife Fund, which also says that tigers may become extinct in as soon as the next 12 years if no action is taken. 

Credit: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters


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