Sayan’s one real cool cat

Taking the plunge: Sayan can't resist chilling out in the waterfall in her enclosure at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Taking the plunge: Sayan can't resist chilling out in the waterfall in her enclosure at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

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WHAT a cool customer!

When it came to chilling out during the hot weather that hit Doncaster yesterday, this young feline certainly knew how to do it in style.

Sayan, the three year old Siberian or Amur tiger, may only have arrived at her new home at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Branton just over a week ago – but she looked like she was making herself at home when she decided to take the plunge.

She created quite a splash when she jumped down through the waterfall and into the lake within her enclosure at the attraction yesterday.

A spokesman for the venue said it was clear she was enjoying her new home.

“The water-loving big cat splashed around the two pools and waterfall within the huge enclosure created at Yorkshire Wildlife Park alongside a natural British Nature wetlands reserve,” he said.

Last week Sayan joined male feline, Vladimir, at the Branton-based attraction, after being matched through the Amur Tiger European Breeding Programme by the studbook keeper.

Vladimir and Sayan are planned to be the first of two tiger couples set to live at the award-winning safari park, with plans to bring in a further pair for possible breeding next year.

The Amur tiger is the largest big cat in the world.

Threatened by habitat loss and poachers, they are critically endangered with fewer than 400 animals thought still to survive in the wild.

Temperatures soared in the borough yesterday, accompanied by blue skies all across the area.

Forecasters were predicting the summer weather to continue today, with a forecast maximum of 22 degrees, slightly down on yesterday’s temperatures.

However, the bad news is, it’s not set to last – with the weather expected to cool down by tomorrow.

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