Male Siberian/Bengal Tiger
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/1/2002
Flavio arrived at Big Cat Rescue in 2002 after retiring from the circus. He was hailed as the smartest circus tiger ever known. He performed a light and music number flawlessly for years until he decided one day that he didn’t like the other tigers and all he wanted to do was fight.
Perhaps he really was the smartest circus tiger because that bought him a ticket to retirement with us.
He is known here as having the loudest voice of any of our tigers. What sounds like loud moaning is actually just his way of communicating with all of us.
Whenever anyone approaches, he will spend as much time as you’ll give him talking loudly. He’s still very playful with a mind of his own, constantly redecorating his cat-a-tat by rearranging any logs or toys we put in there for him.
And, you can always count on him to give a demonstration of how powerful a tiger’s spray can be when marking his territory and possessions. Spending time with Flavio is always a highlight of anyone’s day.