Siberian white tiger at central Illinois zoo

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Siberian white tiger at central Illinois zoo


Shadow arrived in Fulton County three weeks ago



Shadow, a Siberian white tiger, has made a new home at Brown’s Oakridge Zoo in Smithfield. 

By Josh Brogadir

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 5:06 PM


SMITHFIELD — There’s only one Siberian white tiger on exhibit in Illinois and you can see him for yourself.



Shadow is making a new home at Brown’s Oakridge Zoo in Smithfield.


The 600-pound male Siberian tiger arrived in Fulton County three weeks ago when a zoo in Kansas closed down.


His owners are hoping he’ll put some more meat on his bones this spring.


"He’s got the best of both worlds," zoo owner Nancy Brown said. "He’s got companionship, he never has to fend for himself again, he knows he’s going to get fed everyday, he has a lot of human contact, he is a super sweet cat, but he’s still a wild animal. They can turn on you anytime, so you never want to fully trust them."



We also got to meet an eight-pound, three-week-old baby Siberian tiger named Raina.


The little cub is one of many animals visitors can hold or feed at the Brown’s Oakridge Zoo, which takes in orphaned exotic animals and helps them recuperate.



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