The ultimate cat fight

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The ultimate cat fight!

Two endangered Siberian tigers fight for the affection of a female tiger in the dramatic image shown below. Photographer Ingo Gerlach was lucky enough to witness this brutal cat fight at Orsa-Björn Wildlife Park in central Sweden. While running a photo tour in the woods, which house kodiak brown bears, polar bears, european wolves and Siberian tigers, Ingo spotted these two tigers sloping out of the woods.

The German photographer said: "The event happened on a snowy night, and it was at least 50cm deep. The new snow was an excellent base for me to set up in the extensive park. The Siberian tiger hides in the hilly Gelä Nde area in the upper part of the park. Wooden bridges lead to small lookout platforms from where you can see the tigers, if they show up well enough! For a long time the tigers did not show up, but after about two hours of waiting, two tigers came from a wooded corner of the enclosure."

Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, once roamed across Russia, Northern China and the Korean peninsula, but poaching has driven the beautiful creatures to the brink of extinction. Wasting no time, the pair made a beeline for each other and launched into a vicious attack. Ingo said: "Suddenly the tigers started moving towards each other, and at the same time they stood on their hind limbs and struck their front paws at each other. Their violent threatening gestures at each other were impressive, but the attack was short and violent, before the lower ranked male retreated. As always, when men are fighting, it is about the ladies! The stronger fights for dominance and will reproduce with the female.” 

Despite being just metres from the action, Ingo had no doubt about his safety - even amongst these powerful cats. He said: "There was no problem with danger for me - safety always prevails!" 

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