Tigers hunt Easter eggs
Published: April 13, 2009 at 2:29 PM
DENVER, April 13 (UPI) — Workers at Denver’s Downtown Aquarium said the facility’s three 4-year-old tigers celebrated Easter by hunting eggs filled with raw meat and whipped cream.
Alison Cronk, the tigers’ trainer, said the meat and whipped cream was wrapped in paper mache eggs glued with flour and water before being hidden in the tiger habitat, The Denver Post reported Monday.
“We have no idea why they like the whipped cream,” she said. “It was an experiment they did, and it’s been a big hit.”
Aquarium volunteer Diane Gibason said the egg hunt was part of the four-times daily exercise routine for the big cats. She said toys and snacks are commonly hidden in the tiger habitat with deer urine or puma scent added to help the tigers hunt.
“Every time the tigers go out, they know it will not be the same as before. There is always something new for them to find,” Gibason said.