Once a mating male is found the two tigers often circle each other. If the female tries to run away, the male quickly pursues her.The two will often rub genital areas together and copulation occurs shortly after. The male will mount the female and grasp her scruff. He then penetrates the vagina with a backwards pointing penis with a band of about 120-145 sharp spines. She yowls in pain but he will release semen.
Cubs are usualy born 5-7 weeks later. The female gives birth through the vagina. She then licks the cubs to warm them and nips open a sac so they can breath. Her mating partner plays no role in caring for the cubs. The cubs are born striped and are about as long as a newborn puppy. Later their mother will teach them to hunt. The tigress keeps her cubs in a sheltered/protected area. They will drink her milk for a few weeks but will soon develope the craving for meat.