Youngsters always seem to prefer playing with the empty box at Christmas...

Sumatran tiger cub Lucu gets to grips with some festive environmental enrichment in the run-up to his first Christmas. He was born at Paignton Zoo on 31st May. Enrichment is the science of stimulating animals mentally and physically - Paignton Zoo is a leader in the field.

Female tigers typically give birth to between 2 and 4 blind cubs after about 103 days. The cubs can weigh about 1 kilo (2 pounds) at birth. They live on their mother's milk for 6 to 8 weeks before moving on to meat, but remain dependant on their mother for about a year and a half; they can start hunting on their own at this age.

Paignton Zoo is a member of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for Sumatran tigers, which means it is part of the global effort to save this endangered species from extinction. Captive and wild populations are protected and managed in an attempt to prevent Sumatran tigers following the Bali and Javan tigers into extinction.

Quotes Brilliant, loved every minute of it especially the free activities throughout the day. Quotes