虎の「タイガ」 R.I.P.

26 Aug

Last May, at the Kushiro Zoo in 北海道 (Hokkaido, Japan), three baby tigers were born on the brink of death.

The zookeepers were able to save two of them. A male that they named 「タイガ」 (Taiga) and his sister 「ココア」 (Cocoa).

「タイガ」 (Taiga) and 「ココア」 (Cocoa) when they were cubs.

「タイガ」 (Taiga) and 「ココア」 (Cocoa) when they were cubs.

Soon after their birth, the zookeepers discovered that both 「タイガ」 (Taiga) and 「ココア」 (Cocoa) were handicapped.
Their hind legs and back bones had deficiencies and the tigers could only walk by dragging the back of their bodies.

「タイガ」 (Taiga) and  「ココア」 (Cocoa)

「タイガ」 (Taiga) and 「ココア」 (Cocoa)

I remember when a program about these two tigers was shown on TV here in Japan. They became very popular, and many people went to Kushiro Zoo to see them.

But tragically, today 「タイガ」 (Taiga), the male tiger choked to death on his food. The zookeepers attempted to save him with first aid, but 「タイガ」 (Taiga) was pronounced dead today at 5:28PM.

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9 Responses to “虎の「タイガ」 R.I.P.”

  1. tokyo5 January 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    A little update:
    2010 is the “Year Of The Tiger” and it was reported that 「ココア」 (Cocoa), the surviving tiger, is in good health now.

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  2. The Ruling Numerator August 28, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    I’m not a fan of animals, but I love tigers. ;_;

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    • tokyo5 August 29, 2009 at 1:36 am #

      You don’t like animals??

      As for me, I love animals.

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  3. Mb August 27, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    Sad for the kids if they liked this particular tiger. Sad in general since tigers are an endangered species. :/

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  4. Sir Pent August 27, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    Well, that’s a little depressing…

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    • tokyo5 August 28, 2009 at 12:16 am #

      Especially since it was obvious that those two handicapped tigers were very emotionally attached to each other.
      Now the girl tiger is alone.

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  5. soysaucequeen August 27, 2009 at 2:32 am #

    I saw this on Japanese news yesterday, it is very sad happen. He was helped by zookeeper when he was born. Now, he died because of food…

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    • tokyo5 August 28, 2009 at 12:14 am #

      Did you see the show about them when they were born?

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