tcastleb: (Vulture)
( Apr. 1st, 2009 06:13 pm)
It's been a while. Haven't gone to the zoo in a couple weeks. But, anyways, I got to see the tiger cubs, who are now eleven months old. And their keeper was out chatting with visitors, so I learned cool stuff (and sad stuff) like there used to be nine subspecies of tigers, but now there are six, and the zoo has Malayan tigers, and they don't expect there to be any more wild tigers in 20-25 years. The male is a valuable breeder, and one of the females (the second has been fixed) is in heat again and is tired of her cubs becaue three is too many. And mating is, er, rather violent between the big cats. She likes to back into a corner so he can't jump off and get away when he's done. Nice kitties.

Anyway. Cubs! Two girls and a boy. The boy's name is Menderu. He's bigger than the others, but I still can't tell them apart.



And a close up.

stripes close up

And meet one of the zoo's two new resident sloth bears. I don't remember his name. But he totally enjoyed hanging out in the tub playing with his stick.

sloth bear


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