Footage shared by the Princess of Dubai shows a tiny, stray kitten escaped certain death after being attacked by tigers inside an enclosure in which it was trapped and was rescued just in time .
A series of videos of the incident were shared on Instagram on 19 November by Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who owns tigers and is known to regularly share photos and videos of animals including horses and orangutans .
In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) it is legal to keep big cats as pets.
In the first video, which appears to be CCTV footage, two tigers can be seen running towards the third tiger, who briefly holds the kitten before letting it go. The kitten is then surrounded by tigers, who keep pushing it around. The kitten briefly tries to counterattack on the tigers, but is clearly overwhelmed.
Some of the keepers can be seen running into the enclosure in an attempt to rescue the kittens.
The second video shows a tiger grabbing the kitten by its neck and the two keepers trying to save the kitten, releasing it soon after.
The two keepers then chase the tigers.
Although the kitten was clearly frightened, as seen in a third video filmed by a keeper, there were no physical injuries on the body. But another video of the kitten being examined with a clipping scissor showed that sensation in its tail was lost.
In her Instagram stories, the princess shared an update saying that the kittens were checked out by a vet.
“Brave miracle kitten. This little stray broke into the tiger enclosure and was caught by the tigers. She is doing well now and won’t stray anymore,” wrote Ms. Latifah in a caption for the video.
The post has since gone viral and garnered over 4,000 likes on Instagram. Users praised the quick rescue and thanked Ms. Latifah for adopting the kittens in the comments under the post.
One user wrote, ‘Little stray people will now have a happy home.
“Cats actually have nine lives and I bet kittens have the heart of a tiger now! Well done people for getting there quickly and efficiently,” wrote user Dylan Freeman.
Princess runs a YouTube channel named Animalia. The caption of their channel’s intro video read, “The channel showcases the incredible wildlife of Sheikha in their beachside sanctuary by the iconic Burj Al Arab.”
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