Longleat's tigers enjoy autumn leaves

Tigers play in the autumn leaves Credit: Ian Turner

Piles of autumnal leaves collected on the Longleat estate are providing a novel attraction for the Safari Park’s residents - including a trio of endangered Amur tigers.

All three of the big cats were apparently fascinated by the fallen leaves, particularly when keepers hid tasty treats inside.

“The tigers love anything new to investigate and they were soon leaping into the leaves and hunting out the food inside the mounds,” said Longleat’s Ian Turner.

Mild weather means the leaves have fallen later Credit: Ian Turner

“The leaf litter also provided the perfect opportunity for them to practise their ambush skills - it’s quite a sight to see fully-grown tigers leaping over piles of leaves!"