Come On In... The Water's Fine

Lisa G. Putman

Joined November 2007

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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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