It's probably not a question many of us think to ask, but . . . what do you get a full-grown Malayan Tiger for his birthday present.
Well, food is always good. In this case, a rather large beef shank. Maybe to add a bit of excitement you hang it from a supposedly tiger-proof stretchy-bungie-cord-thingy from a company called Aussie Dog Products. April 2, 2016 was Connor the Malayan Tiger's fifth birthday.
It didn't take long at all for Connor to strip the several pounds of meat from that bone.
Then he decided he would rather chew on the bone in the shade of the tree, so he had to get it off the bungie, or break the supposedly tiger-proof bungie.
To give credit to Aussie Dog Products, it was strong enough to support his 300 lbs. weight while he was swinging from it, but in the end, with enough stretching and leverage by pulling it around the tree, he was able to snap it and take his bone where he wanted it.
I think this is about where I overheard a keeper say something like "well, there goes a few hundred dollars".
Click here to see a few more pictures of Connor the Malayan Tiger from the San Diego Zoo on his fifth birthday, April 2, 2016.
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- Frank B. Baiamonte
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Header image: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, Arizona. End image: Downtown San Diego, California skyline from Coronado Island. Profile picture: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, by Heather Baiamonte.