So we have had some more Black Tiger cubs born in Vandalur Zoo in Chennai. There have been a few of these pseudo-melanistic cubs captive born in India since 2010, usually alongside white cubs. I would be extremely interested to know where the previous cubs are now and where the new ones will be going? I have no problems with white tigers or for that matter black tigers being born where they naturally occur....the genes are there. It is when people start to deliberately breed for colour that I see it as wrong. It strikes me that there a group of unscrupulous 'zoo' people who would give their eye teeth and a lot of money to get these animals so they can create the latest fashion animals for the zoo world. Perhaps the breeding is already taking place. It would take several years of inbreeding to create the next Frankentiger.
Two Tiger accidents in just a few days. They say these things come in threes...I hope not. I do hope though there are full investigations and we are all able to learn just what happened and so we can all learn. There is as always the inevitable debate as to whether it should be one or two keepers working carnivores. Personally I believe that one is better.
Working in Dubai for a few days. Back home to Thailand on Saturday. I will try and answer pending emails on my return.
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Vol 34, No 4 (2019): April
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