Adorable Video Of A Toddler And Baby Tiger Playing Tag Goes Viral And I Think I Just Had A Cuteness Overdose

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not a huge fan of putting animals on display for our entertainment, but my heart melted at this sight of this adorable tiger tag video (and I think zoos are a bit different than places like SeaWorld, to be fair). Be forewarned, you might just explode from the ridiculous amount of cuteness in the clip of the Calvin and Hobbes-esque duo below.

The boy in the video is 2-year-old Marshall, son of Heath and Jackie Shaffer. It was taken on Halloween at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. The tiger is a 6-month-old Sumatran named Kali, and the exchange the two had is so heartwarming I think my heart grew three sizes.

The two minute tiger tage video clip went viral this weekend and has already drawn more than 1.4 million views on that bastion of internet civility, YouTube. I don’t know what part I like best; the baby in a tiger costume, the actual baby tiger or the fact that the kid is absolutely fearless even though the only thing that separated him from certain doom was a three inch (or so) thick piece of glass.

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  • Jon Clem

    Another adorable Viral Video of 3 dogs on a longboard.

  • keelhaulrose

    While the tiger lover in me would like the point out that he probably wasn’t facing “certain doom” considering that’s just a cub who was trying to pay with another cub (though he probably would have gotten roughed up a bit, he wasn’t being hunted), the mom in me is loving the absolute adorableness of this.

    • jendra_berri

      Yeah, a tiger that young is just playing… and with a kid in a tiger costume! Adorable!

    • SarahJesness

      Yep! Animals, especially baby ones, love to play too. They’re not ruthless killers 100% of the time. :)

    • Frances Locke

      Ha ha, I was just kidding with that part.

  • Elizabeth Licata

    I love that kid! The tiger costume is the best.

    I also can’t help squeeing over this one of a kid getting teased by a Beluga whale:

    • Frances Locke

      I hope this turns into a cute toddlers with animals thread because the videos you guys are posting are ADORABLE.

  • Jacki

    Two things I love are funny toddlers and Pink music!!

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  • Moses

    I can’t help it but everytime I see one of these videos I can hear my Anthropology professor going on about how little kids waving, smiling, or dressed like an animal gives the animals the wrong idea…. as in showing teeth to a gorilla is a sign of aggression kind of idea.

  • nikki753

    As far as zoos go, Point Defiance is a pretty good zoo and one of the few with a breeding program for the highly endangered Sumatran Tiger. I agree that we should be careful about our zoos and aquariums but I really do believe that Pt. Defiance is among the good ones. They have also successfully bred Clouded Leopards and was home to Homer, the last surviving otter victim of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. If you’re ever in the area, Tacoma is a pretty cool town and the Pt. Defiance zoo is only a small part of a 700-acre urban park complete with 450-year-old Doug Firs.