Tiger cubs are born tiny, blind and helpless. Although the tiger mother takes great care to protect her young, usually only two of a litter of six survive. Tiger cubs are not allowed to leave the lair until they are three months old. The mother tiger brings food to her cubs and moves the lair frequently to protect them from scavengers and rival tigers. The cubs are trained to be quiet while their mother is away, and learn to hunt and pounce by playing games of hide and seek with her. It’s no wonder the tiger is considered a symbol of strength and femininity in many cultures.