While it may seem cute to watch tigers behave like house cats, teasing them from behind the glass is not the most respectful way to interact with them, Bass said. The cats instinctively lurk and prowl to find food.
“Tigers prefer to sneak up behind their prey,” Bass said. “It’s very frustrating for the glass to be between him and what he sees as prey. It’s not fun at all for the tiger and this isn’t a normal type of enrichment.”
After the video was posted on social media, the zoo shared the post encouraging other visitors to do this during their visits as a form of enrichment for the animal.