February 09, 2024: Despite their fierceness, tigers are known to enjoy lounging in the sun to completely de-stress and soak up the warmth. Watching them do so can be the ultimate ‘summer goals’ for almost everyone, and the internet is overflowing with such wildlife videos that are sure to melt your heart. One such video of a tiger ‘sunbathing’ while attempting to take a nap with its toy ball in a pond is taking social media by storm. In a now-viral video, the big cat was seen relaxing and taking a nap on his beloved floating toy, which was a bit too small to handle his weight.
As per the viral post, the said tiger was rescued around 18 months ago from a place where he was only used to a concrete floor and a small cage. But after the rescue, he was named ‘Maruay’, and as the video went viral on the internet, people were quick to point out the feline’s ‘orange cat’ behaviour.
The video was shared on the microblogging site Instagram by the handle ‘Wildlife Friends Foundation.’ Sharing the adorable clip, the foundation captioned, “An uninterrupted minute of Maruay with his beloved ball. The blissful look on his face is priceless. Just 18 or so months ago, rescued tiger Maruay only knew a concrete floor and a small cage. Isn’t it incredible the life-changing difference your kindness makes to wildlife?”
Without a doubt, the video went crazy viral within a month of being shared. Till now, it has pulled in a whopping 1 million views and an influx of reactions from people who were left adoring the big cat and its beloved ball. Most viewers adored the way the tiger was acting much like a little kitten and called the video ‘cute’, while others expressed their desire to pet the wild beauty despite it being dangerous. Without much ado, social media users took to the comment section to share their take.
“If dangerous, why so adorable?” commented a user.
“I know it’s a tiger, but why do I want to pet him, hug him, and play with him? I’m even feeling that cute aggression rush,” said another.
An account remarked, “Two things are happening here. Either that big 300+lb tiger identifies as a house cat…or a cat will always be a cat, regardless of the size lol. So damn adorable.”
“What’s up with all these cutesy endangered wildlife videos as though making them into our fun playthings is in their best interest!” wrote another.
Awe-struck by the adorable sight, a user expressed, “Watching this is a caress to the soul.”