for White Tigers -
Photos after the White Tiger Fight
Caring for WHITE
TIGERS or any other
large feline for that matter has it fair share of risks
for both Zookeeper and animal. As many of you
are aware from reading the “FORUM”,
Tundra, the Sanctuary’s adult female WHITE
TIGER (Panthera tigris) recently had a minor
skirmish (tiger fight) with her habitat
mate Loki. These things happen and David and I both have
seen all kinds of animal politics end up with someone
getting hurt. In this case we, or should I say, Tundra
were very lucky.
Click thumbnails below to see white
Loki, the WHITE TIGER housed
with Tundra is an exceptionally mellow and relaxed
individual. In our experience, it
always seems that the big male Tigers (especially
TIGERS) are always calmer, mellower and
seem to have more predictable behaviors. Not like any
even any WILD ANIMAL have truly predictable behaviors!
They DON’T! It is just that, David and I have interacted
extensively with so many different species of wildlife
for so many years that one becomes adept at reading body
postures, looks, ear and pupil reactions, etc.
In any case,
a few days ago, Tundra was acting in her typical mischievous,
way towards Loki. She
is one of those sneaky “Bitchy” tigresses.
One of her favorite things to do is to sneak up on Loki
(a much larger male WHITE TIGER), and nip at his ankles
and thighs. She would often nip the smallest piece of
Loki’s skin and tug on it to tease him. This never
resulted in any damage or harm to Loki, but rest assured
it looked annoying. Loki was always a good sport, tolerating
almost anything Tundra could dish out, until today. Today
was much different. Today, Loki bursted out at Tundra
with a lightning quick pounce and bite to her head and
neck area. Tundra also received a few minor cuts from
his claws. Over all, this was an extremely mellow White
Tiger fight. In actuality, Tundra’s wounds
could have been a lot worse. She was very lucky, as it
almost as fast as it started. David actually called Loki
off of Tundra, where we immediately separated the two
White Tigers. Tundra appeared more startled than hurt.
Once she calmed down, we visually examined her wounds.
As you can imagine, the fur of a White Tiger is very
thick around their head and neck areas. This made it
very hard to fully examine the extensiveness of her injuries.
After consulting with our Veterinary team, we decided
to knock her down to fully examine her.
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