International Tiger Day: Tiger snuggling

Photo: Shutterstock

July 29 is International Tiger Day, a holiday established in 2010 during the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit that celebrates these amazing big cats, raises awareness of their endangered status and advocates a global system for conserving their natural habitats.

While tigers are typically known for their striking stripes, massive size, barbed tongues, razor sharp teeth and predatory instinct, it's also important to recognize how cute and lovable they can be. Here are just a few photos demonstrating the gentle side of these beautiful creatures.

International Tiger Day: Tiger cub bottlefeeding

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International Tiger Day: Tiger nuzzling

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

International Tiger Day: Tiger mom

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

International Tiger Day: Yawning tiger cub

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

International Tiger Day: Tiger and orangutan

Photo: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images

International Tiger Day: Catnap

Photo: Ross Elliott/Flickr

International Tiger Day: High five

Photo: Ashley Buttle/Flickr

International Tiger Day: Tiger yawning

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

International Tiger Day: Tiger mom and cub in snow

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

International Tiger Day: Tiger family

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar/Flickr

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.