Tiger, tiger learning bright
By Lisa Mayoh
From: The Sunday Telegraph
September 19, 2009 8:47PM
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HE’S cute, cuddly, loves a bottle and – when full-grown – could rip your face off with a single swipe.
But that’s a distant prospect, when three-month-old Kinwah the tiger cub achieves his full 160kg predatory capacity.
The cub was born at South Coast’s Mogo Zoo. He’s been hand-reared by zoo owner Sally Padey since he was two weeks old, after it was realised he had a problem with his hip joint. Mrs Padey said raising mischievous Kinwah was like having a child – one that was currently experiencing the “terrible twos”.
“It’s time consuming, and it’s like having a child,” she said.
“Now he’s out jumping in the backyard in the middle of my parsley, pulling out my plants and really in that terrible-two stage.”
Mrs Padey, who lives at the zoo among the 200 animals, keeps Kinwah in her own backyard with german shepherd dogs Hassle and Rumble, who are like his family.
Kinwah eats meat, mice and milk and still has a bottle “for comfort”.
“He’s very cute; he’s going extremely well and growing up so quickly,” Mrs Padey said.
(Mogo Zoo is a small privately owned zoo in Mogo on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.)