CLOSE

Shy tigers hate cameras

The Sumatran tiger -- one of the rarest big cats in the world -- is also perhaps the world's most camera-shy. The protected national parks on the island of Sumatra where they live are lousy with heat-sensitive surveillance cameras, which have become necessary thanks to the efforts of criminal loggers and poachers. (They operate with relative impugnity despite the parks' "protected" status, and between 1998-2000, as many as 66 tigers were poached -- that's about 20% of the total population.)

The tigers, however, don't take kindly to being spied on. At first, representatives from the World Wildlife Foundation thought that poachers and loggers were responsible for the cameras' destruction; only recently have they discovered that the flashbulbs tend to frighten and anger the tigers. (Maybe its all that pent-up rage at being endangered?)

Check out these pics of tigers going Sean Penn crazy -- after the jump.

tigerbites_03.jpgtigerbites_05.jpgtigerbites_04.jpg

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
arrow
quiz
Two-Word Oscar Winners
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images
nextArticle.image_alt|e
Amazon
arrow
Pop Culture
Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
Amazon
Amazon

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
Funko

Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios