This is “Gator,” the Bengal Tiger that was the visiting guest at the Tallahassee Museum for most of the past year, but he went back home to Gainesville, Florida, in early October. I really miss that big furry guy. But he’s gone back to a great home, the Carson Springs Wildlife Sanctuary. Gator is three years old and was rescued from a traveling circus after he reached the 40 pound weight limit and was being starved so he could continue having pictures taken with people. This sanctuary is run by a couple and they’ve rescued lots of big cats and other animals. What a great place and wonderful people! I intend on sending a check soon, that’s how much Gator touched my heart. 😀
This is my favorite animal to visit at the Tallahassee Museum, a young male Bengal Tiger. He is quite the cat, my ferocious furry feline.
Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are known for their massive power and strength.
Bengal Tigers live in India and are sometimes called “Indian tigers.” They are the most common tiger and comprise about half of all wild tigers. Over many centuries they have become an important part of Indian tradition and lore.
Female Bengal Tigers give birth to litters of two to six cubs, which they raise with little or no help from the male. Cubs are not able to hunt until they are 18 months old and remain with their mothers for two to three years, when they leave to find their own territory.
Tigers use their beautiful, distinctive coats as camouflage. Did you know that no two tigers have exactly the same stripes?
This Bengal tiger is one handsome fellow, especially his eyes.