Monday, August 31, 2009

The Australia Zoo's Tigers

The Australia Zoo is one of the very few zoos in the world that devotes so much time and care to interaction between humans and the tigers at the zoo.

The goal is twofold: Proper socialization makes the tigers easier to handle, and the public gets a better idea of the true nature of these wonderful animals.

Here is a very touching video of three tiger cubs' first introduction to the "big pool" at the zoo. Notice how at the very start that mutual respect between the tigers and the zoo people is stressed. Notice also how the zoo people pay attention to the needs of the tigers.

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