Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 11, 2008
The zoo has two tigers, brothers Rimba and Mata, who were born at the San Diego Zoo and arrived here in December 2006. Mata is 2 years and 8 months old.
"The tiger wasn't being vicious," Lovett said. "He was just trying to get a treat."
While I am not a proponent of zoos, I have visited the Bronx Zoo and witnessed sessions where it is shown how they reward the tigers with food for actions performed when they need to be checked for medical reasons, etc. They did not reward them with the food by hand, it was placed on the end of a long stick and fed through the fencing. Maybe this is a policy the Palm Beach Zoo should adopt.
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