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13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Muscle Power

These two sub-adult tigers, aged around 21 months, are engaged in a mock fight, a part of their learning process to acquire stalking and self-defense skills. Taking advantage of the fact that a sibling’s attention was diverted for a moment, the other charged her and what was witnessed was a sheer moment of awe when these beautiful and magnificent animals were standing upright just for a moment and you could see the rippling muscles and the power that these biggest cats hold. No more than a few seconds and it was all over where one of the siblings is seen lying down in a submissive position – a pose that tells the opponent that the rival has surrendered. Definitely a rare moment to be captured in the wild, these playful lessons that the siblings engage in are a crucial learning lesson for their adult life.

This photo is a finalist in the Natural World category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

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Gurgaon, India
Member since 2015
Awards
Photo of the Day: 11.27.15 Editors' Pick Finalist
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© ARCHNA SINGH.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2014
Total Views: 24901
Total Favorites: 49
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 23, 2015, 10:30 p.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D C
Focal Length: 325mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: ISO1250
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PHOTO LOCATION Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India