Animals at our Local Zoo: White Tiger
We went to the local zoo last Sunday. This is the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandaloor. Vandaloor is a suburb of Chennai, where I live, and most of it is still a forest.
The pride of the zoo is a pair of White Tigers, Bhishmar and Anu. I don't know who is who, but I took pictures of them both. The reclining one must be the male, I think, as lazy as a chap watching TV while his wife is busy doing something. They nuzzled and danced, but I didn't think like a photographer; I was enthralled, and forgot to go click click click.
Aren't they beautiful? They were a big hit with everybody. People went ooh and aah with every graceful movement. Though my son thinks they are too fat.
The beautiful couple is only three years old.
Hope their union is blessed and we see a cute cub soon!
Update October 2011:
On March 23, 2009, Anu had given birth to three cubs of which one died in infancy. The survivors, both females, are Akansha and Amrutha. A year and a half later, Anu gave birth to three more cubs.
Today the Vandalur zoo has 18 tigers out of which 10 are white tigers. This zoo is the first where white tigers have been successfully bred in captivity.
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