An old woman and her tiger cub

A contemporary “urban” tale about an old widow who adopts and raises the cub of a tigress killed by her husband. When the cub grows, he brings food for the old woman and remains devoted to her even after her death.

Recording: Udihe videos were recorded in the villages of Krasnyy Yar and Agzu in 2006 and 2011 by Maria Tolskaya, some with the participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya.

Image credit: Illustration by Gennadii Pavlishin (1974) from a collection of Udihe folk tales (V. Kialundziuga, “Dva solntsa”. Khabarovsk).