Siberian Tiger entertains herself by building a snowman

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Siberian Tiger Entertains Herself By Building a Snowman

BY BUZZ60

A tiger at a Russian zoo reveals an intelligent skill only previously ever seen in ... amused human children on a snow day -- the ability to build a snowman.

Zookeepers at the Kaliningrad Zoo say they first thought someone was throwing giant snowballs into the enclosure of Tanya, its endangered Siberian tiger.

But the mystery was finally solved when video cameras captured the source of the snowballs - the female big cat was building them herself.

Zoologists say Tanya prefers to start the snow mounds after dark when she isn't being watched, and then pushes the snow around until the snowball is large enough to play with.

So far it looks like she's made two giant snow balls and rolled them together, but it's a lonnnng winter, Tanya has time to make plenty more.

Next up, figuring out how to stack them.

And we're guessing Tigers and snowmen/snowballs are a thing -- because there sure are a lot of photos of the two:

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Siberian Tiger entertains herself by building a snowman
An Amur tiger licks its lips next to a snowman with a mouth made out of meat, during a weather related media event at the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Tigers at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan., play with a snowman on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Lady Stetson perfume was sprayed on the snowman to entice them to play. (Jaime Green/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Max, a 2-year-old Amur tiger, gets ready to pounce on a snowman his keepers made for him Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. The snowman, which didn’t stand a chance, featured meat for eyes and buttons, as well as bones for feet. The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Programs staff provides enrichment to the animals that encourages natural behavior by physically and mentally stimulating them with a variety of items that they may not receive on a regular basis. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
In this photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Max, a 2-year-old Amur tiger, plays with what is left of a snowman that his keepers made for him Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. Before being knocked down, the snowman featured meat for eyes and buttons, as well as bones for feet. The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Programs staff provides enrichment to the animals that encourages natural behavior by physically and mentally stimulating them with a variety of items that they may not receive on a regular basis. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
An Amur tiger takes off the head of a snowman during a weather related media event at the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tigers Wassja and Mandschu play with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tigers Wassja and Mandschu play with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tigers Wassja and Mandschu play with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tigers Wassja and Mandschu play with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tiger Wassja playing with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - UNDATED: EXCLUSIVE. Five-year-old Siberian Tigers Wassja and Mandschu play with a snow covered ball at Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany. Every kitten loves a ball of string but these colossal Siberian Tigers super-sized their game with a gigantic 'snowball'. Looking at home in almost sub-arctic conditions, the massive felines from the largest cat species in the world romped in deep snow inside their enclosure at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany earlier this month. And while the plunging -8 degrees Celsius temperatures were enough to chill the bones of tourists, the pair took it all in their stride with the thick coats that keep them warm in their natural habitat helping them to fight the cold. Five-year-old brothers Wassja and Mandschu were actually playing with a white inflatable ball but rolled it around so much it picked up a coating of snow - leaving their toy resembling a massive snowball. (Photo by Barbara Scheer / Animal Press / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
A Siberian tiger sniffs a paper-made snowman given by the staff as a Christmas present on December 21, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The zoo staffers have secretly delivered special food to more than 40 species as Christmas gift in three days. AFP PHOTO / Yasuyoshi Chiba (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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