Vietnamese tiger-raiser keeps it in the family

You could say this guy keeps it all in the family – a man from southern Binh Duong province has raised 19 tigers, drawing huge crowds cause he’s done it all within the confines of his own home.

Ngo Duy Tan conceived the idea of building an appealing ecotourism site in the province as he was running the Pacific Brewery Company in 2000.

Tan brought in rare animals like bears, panthers, and peacocks in preparation for the establishment of his very own ecotourism farm.

Tan also bought five tigers from Cambodia, only to find out later that the cubs were paralyzed and on the brink of death.

Determined to pursue his dream, Tan was relentlessly in seeking medical treatments for the five tigers, resorting to applying medical treatments he learned by chance from a Cambodian family in 1972 in the army.

Remarkably enough, Tan’s seemingly hit-and-miss methods worked, and consequently the five tigers survived and were tamed to be friendly with people.

Boosted by the success, Tan procured another male and female to add to his family, which has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since, and now numbers 19 of the big cats.

“I’m sure my family will grow steadily over the next two years, I’d like to have hundreds of tigers to create a truly remarkable ecotourism farm,” Tan said.

Now that’s a family.

Reported by Quang Thuan – Translated by An Dien

Story from Thanh Nien News
Published: 25 September, 2006, 21:22:57 (GMT+7)

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