Leslie's Omnibus

Tootin' the Horn

The first time I clapped eyes on Kenny and Willie (yes, Willie is the tiger equivalent of a person with Down Syndrome) at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, there were living in a cage with not a lot more than concrete and steel mesh.

Not anymore.

If this video of them taking their first steps into their new habitat doesn't bring a tear to your eye or a lump to your throat, nothing will.

Kudos to the all the folks at Turpentine Creek. Job well done.


Chickie Carmarthen said...

Does the tiger actually have the equivalent of Down Syndrome? Do you have a link to more info about him - I'd like to see it. The video was great.

Omnibabe said...

Yes, he really does. The Turpentine Creek website will eventually have profiles up for all of the animals, but... they're busy, busy, busy in the middle of habitat-building season right now.

When I took a tour of the place, they told us that Willie came from a too tightly inbred sire and dam. It's certainly obvious that he'd never have made it on his own in the wild.

Anyway, he and Kenny are really sweet together. I'm glad they're sharing a habitat together.

Maeve said...

I never knew that could happen to a tiger!
I am so happy they finally have a decent place to live.

Erica said...

He looks like he doesn't have a ferocious bone in his body.

Anonymous said...

My two favorite cats are the tigers and the black panthers. I'm very partial to the white tigers.

That's a great video. Thanks for pointing it out!!