Exotic animal sightings are fairly common in Dubai, but this one is next level…
A video is going viral on Facebook today that shows five tigers having a paddle and play in the ocean, all while the iconic Burj Al Arab stands in the background.
Likely to have been filmed in one of the private palaces along King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (formerly Al Sufouh Road), the minute-long video was viewed 4,000 times in less than a day:
This isn’t the first tiger sighting in this spot, a year ago the below video was posted to YouTube that shows three tigers having a paddle in the same area:
Plus, just last week, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, shared this snap of himself with a majestic white lion:
So, um, tigers can swim?
Yes, unlike most big cats, tigers actually enjoy water, love playing in it and are adept swimmers. In the wild they will cross rivers to navigate their habitat.
Does this mean our leisurely Friday morning paddleboard is now an extreme sport? Well, while tigers crossing rivers has been documented, we can find a record of a tiger ever swimming deep into the ocean (they like to be able to hold their head above the water easily) so it’s incredibly unlikely you’ll see one of these creatures in the sea anytime soon.
Here’s some beautiful footage of tigers swimming at the Australia Zoo: