‘Magical’ photo of near-extinct tiger walking with her cubs goes viral

It’s sad to think how many animals are on the verge of extinction, but they’ll always have a chance as long as there are people willing to fight for them.

One thing that always gives us hope for these species is when new babies are born, adding new numbers to the population and ensuring that a new generation will live on.

That’s why one inspiring photo is going viral—it shows a tiger mom, once near the edge of extinction, happily walking along the road with her five cubs:

The photo, credited to Siddharth Singh, was shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan, and was taken in the Terai region of northern India.

In his tweet Parveen expresses that it’s not just a nice wildlife photo—it’s a sign of how far conservations efforts have come, and a cause to be “elated.”

“Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from extinction,” he wrote.

India, currently the home to 70% of the world’s tigers, has seen promising results in their conservation efforts with increasing numbers. The most recent tiger census found that the population had risen from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the country “one of the biggest and most secure habitats of the tiger.”

With this viral photo, this tiger mom and her five adorable cubs have become the faces of this improbable recovery.

What a beautiful photo! We hope these conservation efforts to save these animals continue and we can see more beautiful tiger families like this.