Incredible footage shows tigers swimming and playing on a Dubai Beach
Never mind the sharks! Incredible footage shows tigers swimming and playing on a Dubai beach
This is the amazing moment tigers were spotted paddling and playing in the sea.
The playful cats were clearly loving crashing through the waves despite the popular belief that they do not like water.
The video has been shared almost a million times just a few days after being uploaded, and was reportedly taken on the coast of Dubai, in the north-eastern United Arab Emirates.
This is the amazing moment tigers were spotted paddling and playing in the sea
The playful tigers were clearly loving crashing through the waves despite the popular belief that cats do not like water
Dr Reza Khan, principal wildlife specialist at Dubai Zoo told local media that authorities did not receive any reports of big cats running loose on Dubai's beaches over the weekend and suggested that the video might be older.
He said: 'We cannot however determine whether the beach is a private or a public one. If it was filmed on a public beach, it would have put the public' s safety at risk.'
He also said it was a mystery where the cats had come from, as they needed a licence to be imported into the country.ix I.'
The tiger in the forefront wades across the shoreline while his friend behind him plays in the sea
One of the tiger's inspects a lifejacket that is floating in the water before picking it up and thrashing it around
Dr Reza Khan said it was a mystery where the cats had come from, as they needed a licence to be imported into the country
He said: 'The tiger is on the list of endangered animals as per IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List and in CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endagered Specicies) Appendix I.'
Online users suggested it was filmed at a beach at one of the private palaces along King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street.
The other clip shows white tigers swimming with Dubai's Burj Al Arab in the background and is believed to have been shot in July. Again, their owner was not identified.
One of the cats poses for the camera, giving a cheeky smile as it enjoys its dip in the water
The tigers splash around and play chase with each other without a care in the world
In January this year, a one-year-old lioness was captured in Al Barsha by Dubai Police after a frantic resident notified authorities about the animal hiding behind the fence of a house.
And two years ago in February 2014 footage of a lion went viral in Dubai after a motorist spotted the big cat in the back of a Nissan Armada driving through the streets