Animal Name: Clarence
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Common Name: Bengal Tiger
Scientific Name: panthera tigris tigris
Color Morph: Standard ( Orange / Black / White)
Date of Birth: 12-3-96
Birth Weight: 1.9 lbs
Eye Color: Golden Yellow
Companion (s): Gypsy
Clarence is by far the most mellow tempered tiger (and cat) housed at the Sanctuary! With most tigers, males have a tenancy to have better dispositions then that of the females. With Clarence this fact is undoubtedly clear. Clarence will allow his keepers to do almost anything to and around him. He is so gentle and mellow that we actually clean his habitat while he is still inside. Clarence is truly a spectacular animal to work with! A real GENTLE GIANT!
Point of Interest:
Clarence is big! Very big! We estimate is weight to be between Six and Seven hundred pounds. As with all the felines housed at the Sanctuary, we keep Clarence on the lean side. It would be no problem for us to increase his weight another 150 pounds. Unfortunately, that would be extremely unhealthy. In captivity, it is crucial to avoid obesity! For this reason, part of normal tiger husbandry practices is to periodically fast them. Think about this. In the wild, tigers do not successfully kill there prey on every hunt. The norm in the wild is feast or famine. For millions of years tigers have evolved to survive this way. As with people, an overweight animal is not a healthy animal.