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'There Is a Tiger Walking Down the Exit Ramp'

Escaped circus tiger had to be shot in Georgia

(Newser) - "There is a tiger walking down the exit ramp onto the interstate," 911 operators in Georgia heard Wednesday, prompting a feverish response from police and plenty of speculation on how the animal got there. That mystery is now solved. A microchip implanted in the female Bengal tiger, shot... More »

Zookeeper Killed in Tiger Enclosure

Visitors were evacuated after tiger attacked female zoo worker

(Newser) - Details are emerging of a "freak accident" Monday at Hamerton Park Zoo in Cambridgeshire, UK, that resulted in the death of a female zookeeper. The Telegraph reports that witnesses heard “screaming” as workers rushed to help a zookeeper in an animal enclosure, where a tiger had attacked her.... More »

Colorado Animal Sanctuary Euthanizes All Animals

A week earlier, their request to move was denied

(Newser) - Amid a "shocking" tragedy, locals say something smells fishy in central Colorado. On April 12, after the owners of the Lion's Gate wild animal sanctuary requested to move to a nearby but more urban location citing safety concerns after recurring flooding on the property, Elbert County commissioners voted... More »

Tasmanian Tiger Reportedly Seen 80 Years After Extinction

Several endangered species may be making a comeback

(Newser) - It's been eight decades since the Tasmanian tiger, a carnivorous marsupial, was declared extinct after the last of its kind died in a zoo in 1936. But there's new buzz after two separate, apparently credible sightings were reported in northern Australia, and scientists from James Cook University believe... More »

Chubby Tigers Catch, Destroy Exercise Drone

But it apparently wasn't as tasty as they'd hoped

(Newser) - Some chubby tigers in a Chinese wildlife habitat apparently didn't take kindly to their exercise routine, catching and destroying a drone meant to get them moving, UPI reports. Footage released by China Central Television shows one of the Siberian tigers catching up to the drone and knocking it out... More »

40 Dead Tiger Cubs Found in Temple's Freezer

Temple suggests they died naturally

(Newser) - Forty dead tiger cubs and other animal parts were discovered Monday during a raid to free tigers from a popular tourist site in Thailand, known as the Tiger Temple. Wildlife officials—who accuse the temple of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse—say the cubs were days old when they died;... More »

137 Tigers Evicted From Buddhist Temple

Monks caused 'mayhem,' Thai officials say

(Newser) - Wildlife officials in Thailand have begun removing some of the 137 tigers held at a Buddhist temple following accusations that the monks were involved in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals. The director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation Office, Teunjai Noochdumrong, says three tigers were tranquilized and transported Monday... More »

Woman Hops Tiger Fence to Get Hat Back

Toronto Zoo wants to talk to 'moron' in video

(Newser) - People at the Toronto Zoo want to talk to somebody who got too close for comfort to one of their Sumatran tigers—for the sake of a hat. A video that surfaced over the weekend shows a woman hopping a fence at the tiger enclosure to retrieve a fallen hat,... More »

Life of Pi Tiger's Owner Hit With Cruelty Charges

After PETA released video of Michael Hackenberger allegedly whipping tiger

(Newser) - The self-proclaimed oldest zoo in North America has provided animals to films starring names like Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, but perhaps no Bowmanville Zoo animal has entered the spotlight like its Bengal tiger, which starred in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Now the Canadian zoo finds itself thrust in... More »

World's Tiger Count Rises, but It's Complicated

There could be more of them, or it could mean something else entirely

(Newser) - The latest count of the world's tigers reveals that conservation groups deserve congratulations, though it's not entirely clear what for. Tiger numbers in the wild worldwide are up after more than a century of drastic declines, which the AP reports can mean one of two things: There are... More »

World's Oddest Animal Couple Splits

Timur the goat and Amur the tiger are no more

(Newser) - A romance that enchanted Russia may be over: As the AP reports, Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have had a fight and aren't together anymore. In November, the goat was placed in the tiger's compound in a wildlife park near Vladivostok with the expectation that the... More »

Math Model Helps Answer Riddle of Tiger's Stripes

Researchers can better explain why they're vertical or horizontal

(Newser) - Since the 1950s mathematicians have been trying to sort out exactly why some animals, like tigers and zebras, have stripes that are oriented perpendicularly to their spines, while others, like the zebrafish, have stripes that are parallel. Now Harvard researchers are proposing a mathematical model in the journal Cell Systems... More »

Woman's Ill-Advised Halloween Stunt: Petting a Tiger

She might lose parts of her fingers as a result

(Newser) - Halloween really did involve horror for an Omaha., Neb., woman who reportedly slipped into a zoo and stuck her hand in a tiger cage. Police say Jacqueline Eide, 33, jumped a fence into Henry Doorly Zoo as early as 4am on Sunday and headed for Mai, an 18-year-old Malayan tiger.... More »

High School May Lose Live Tiger Cub Mascot

Booster club fails to satisfy state's guidelines for using exotic animals

(Newser) - Is a 45-year tradition coming to an end? A football-crazed Ohio high school brought out a live tiger cub before its season opener on Thursday as it always does, but the Guardian reports the school apparently did so without meeting new state regulations on exotic animals. Every year since 1970,... More »

Libido-Less White Tiger Frustrates Zoo, Lady Tiger

Zookeepers hope a sexy new female tiger will do the trick

(Newser) - Male tigers are a lot like human men when it comes to sex. They're shy and awkward about their bodies if they haven't spent a lot of time around female tigers. They take libido enhancers when they get older. And, if a partner their own age isn't... More »

6 Tiger Poachers Shot Dead

Cops in Bangladesh found 3 tiger skins with suspects

(Newser) - Six suspected tiger poachers in Bangladesh aren't going to make it to trial: Officials tell the BBC that the gang members were killed in a shootout after opening fire on police, and officers found the skins of three endangered Bengal tigers that had been killed just days earlier. The... More »

Rare Tiger Euthanized in Houston

The Malayan tiger Pandu was 16

(Newser) - Houston Zoo workers and patrons woke to a world without Pandu today. The 16-year-old Malayan tiger was "humanely euthanized" yesterday due to failing health, said the zoo in a statement . Nicknamed "Professor," the tiger was described as an "extremely vocal cat" who enjoyed a higher quality... More »

Endangered Tigers Roar in India's New Census

Some 500 more counted than in 2010

(Newser) - India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of the endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said today. The census conducted in 2014 found at least 2,226 tigers in forests across the country, up from 1,706 counted... More »

In China, 'Tiger Bone Wine' as Ominous as It Sounds

Inside China's tiger farms, and the growing demand for tiger goods

(Newser) - Tiger bone wine is as grisly as it sounds: Made by suspending the animal's bones in rice wine, the liquid is sold as a Chinese remedy for rheumatism and impotence. And while the tiger bone trade was banned in 1993, the concoction is making a comeback. As Simon Denyer... More »

Circus Tiger Kills Girl, 8, at Amusement Park

It attacked child in its enclosure

(Newser) - Tragedy in China, where an 8-year-old was killed by a circus tiger at an amusement park Friday, Shanghaiist reports. Visiting the park in Chongqing with her family, the girl was apparently able to make her way into the enclosure undetected; the Daily Mail , giving the girl's name as Juan... More »

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