PICTURES: Tigers cool off with a dip at Yorkshire Wildlife Park as Doncaster sizzles in sun
Tigers at Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park have been cooling off on the hottest day of the year - by taking a cooling dip.
The Branton based visitor attraction's Amur Tigers have been having a splashing time as Doncaster basks in blazing sunshine.
As temperatures soared to nearly 90 degrees, the endangered big cats were cooling off in the waters of the Land of Tigers reserve.
Visitors were mesmerised by their playful antics as mum Tschuna and 16 month old cubs Harley, Hector and Hope enjoyed the sun.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said: “It’s fantastic to see the tigers enjoying the sun so much and jumping in the pool to cool off. They were having real fun. Visitors were rooted to the spot on the walkway directly overlooking them as they played about."
The park has been instrumental in raising awareness of the plight of the Amurs and helped establish a strong European breeding programme of which the three cubs are a key part. Amur tigers are one of the most endangered species on the planet with less than 600 left in the wild.