China park says tigers are not chubby, it's bad camera angles

A tiger park in China has hit back at netizens across the country who called its tigers "chubby."

"Is this you after the Spring Festival?" asked one Weibo user in a post with nine photos of some very plump Siberian tigers at the Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park.

The photos were a hit with Chinese web users who could relate to stuffing themselves full of food during the Chinese New Year holiday.

However, the park claims that in this case the camera really does add weight, reports Shanghaiist.

The park blamed the tigers' obesity on unfavourable camera angles.

To prove that their tigers are in fact lean, mean, killing machines, the park has published a few photos of the big cats looking considerably more fit and agile.

The park also challenged web users who do not believe that the images are authentic to come to see for themselves.