There’s no shortage of animal videos to explore. Some make your heart rate rise when you see something crazy happening. When your curiosity captivates you, others will pull your face closer to your screen. Other videos are the type you need when you’re having a rough day. They bring you a little relief and before you know it, you’re smiling.
This is that kind of video. Here is a young polar bear and a tiger kitten who are obsessed with each other. They are separated by glass. It’s a short clip, and the music is cute and upbeat, setting a playful tone for the video. The polar bear is on the right side of the glass, and the little tiger cat is on the left. Both stood upright on their hind legs, holding glass with their claws.
They are clearly curious about each other and want to play. The polar bear is significantly larger and taller—so much so that it has one paw resting on top of the glass enclosure for stability, while its left paw presses against the glass where the tiger cat sits.
The little tiger cat climbed up with its paws, but it only reached the position where the polar bear’s neck was. Then, the little tiger cat landed on all fours, and the little polar bear followed suit, landing on all fours, and then jumped up excitedly.
The tiger lazily slaps back the glass with one paw, while the polar bear, exhausted with enormous energy, is still jumping. On one occasion, it rested its paws on the glass and kicked its feet against the glass. It almost looks so easy to get over! As playful as they were, it was clear that the polar bear was serious about controlling the tiger.
Polar bear cubs only stay with their mothers for about six months. Once they reach that age, they can leave on their own. Tiger kittens, on the other hand, will stay with their mother until they are two years old. At six months, they were just weaned. These two cute little creatures are top predators.
Each of them will grow exponentially, but a tiger cannot match the size of a polar bear. Male polar bears can weigh more than 1,700 pounds, while adult male tigers weigh nearly 700 pounds. They are not meant to share a space, especially not as close as you can see in this video!
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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