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Come On In... The Water's Fine by Lisa G. Putman

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Bengal Tigers taking a dip.

These tigers live at the Memphis Zoo.


Narayan is the quiet and friendly black and orange male. He will weigh between 450-550 lbs as an adult and stand close to 9 ½ feet tall and Kumari is the trouble- making strawberry colored female.

Not pictured, Thankful II is Orissa, the frisky white and chocolate colored female Both of these girls will weigh the same as the male and all will eat about 10 lbs of meat a day.


The color variations are due to recessive genes in the Bengal species. There are about 400 white tigers and only 30-35 strawberry tigers in the world. It is a rare opportunity to have these color variations growing up together. The girls recessive genes not only cause their color variation but will also cause them to be as big, if not bigger, than the male. It should be interesting to see who will be the cat in charge.


Memphis made the national news recently when a stray dog ran past security with a mission, made a b-line for the tiger exhibit, jumped over the railing, swam across the large watery moat to see them. Boy, did he ever get the suprise of his life when the big kitty attacked him. The Sumatran tiger (not pictured here, see Relax) responsible for the attack is actually a much smaller tiger than these Bengal tigers.


This is one very lucky dog the tigers did not realize he would make a very tasty snack. Fortunately for him, these tigers being raised in captivity, did not know he was eddible. The dog is fine, puncture wounds healing nicely. He is being treated for heart worms, once he gets a clean bill of health, he will be up for adoption. He was nick-named Tyger for his ordeal with the tigers.


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  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 7 years ago

  • Cheri  McEachin
    Cheri McEachinalmost 7 years ago

    Oh ohw cool—love the look on their faces—-the one on the right (facing) looks like a liger..

  • eltotton
    eltottonalmost 7 years ago

    A great capture. Beautiful shot.

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 7 years ago

    Cheri, I’m told she is a bengal, but a rare strawberry color. Read my new description for more details. You have made me curious now about the Liger. I thought you were pulling my leg, or misspelled something until I looked it up!

    Liger – “The product of crossbreeding between a male lion and a female tiger, having features of both but generally being larger than either.”

    Cool! I’ve got to see one, you want to go on a Liger hunt with me? I’m going to find one on google right now, by golly!

  • kcranmer
    kcranmeralmost 7 years ago

    They look like their on a mission, fantastic capture!

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot!! As for Ligers.. one resides at Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary and her name’s Sophie.. If you check out my photos, there are a couple of her in my gallery page 9 or 10, can never remember which..

  • sky   princess
    sky princessover 4 years ago

    Wow,this is picture is so brilliant!

  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    This is really Brilliant capture! I love it!

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