Kelly Miller Circus tigers play in the cool of the morning

Cooler weather Thursday, Aug. 20, in the morning meant it was playtime for six of the Kelly Miller Circus’s eight tigers.

Their trainer said they typically sleep 18 hours daily, and this amount of activity was possible before the heat of the day ramped up.

The Bengal-Siberian mixes were all born in America. The white fur on one, the trainer said, was a bit like blue eyes in humans; it’s a recessive gene that determines the coloration.

The circus has two males and six females. While the heaviest of the bunch is currently a female, the fellas are still young; when mature, they will reach 500 to 600 pounds—about double the females.

This video was taken at approximately 9:30 a.m. The circus arrived in the early morning, coming in from a show in Lowell. The massive tent was already set up by 9 a.m.

Show locations on the tour—the circus operates nine months out of the year—are about 45 minutes to an hour apart. The circus sets up early and spends the night in that location. They pack up early, head to the next show location, unpack and do it all over again. (Video by Ryan Lewis)

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