Adorable Tiger Cub Comes Clean

An Amur tiger cub gets a bath at the Minnesota Zoo.
Minnesota Zoo

It’s bath time!

This impossibly cute Amur tiger cub, who’s just 3 weeks old, gets round-the-clock care at the Minnesota Zoo.

Born to first-time mom Angara on June 17, the female cub was taken to be raised by zookeepers when they noticed that her mom wasn’t caring for her. The cub is now thriving, and weighs in at 5.5 pounds, reports Zooborns.

The tiger’s birth is a boon for her species, as there are estimated to be less than 500 of Amur tigers left in the wild. They live primarily in far eastern Asia.

Cubs are usually bathed by their moms, who use their rough tongues to groom them. In this case, keepers get the cub squeaky clean with some water, soap and a cozy towel.

Of course, you probably wouldn’t want to give a full-grown Amur (or Siberian) tiger a bath — as the world’s largest cats, they can get to be up to 660 pounds. So this little girl has a lot of growing to do!

Amur tiger cub in towel
Minnesota Zoo

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