Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg Zoo's Tigger the tiger
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
the Hattiesburg Zoo said goodbye to a seventeen year old tiger called Tigger. Tigger was born at the zoo. Katie Barry, the
zoo's curator told WDAM that they consulted with three veterinarians before
deciding to euthanize the tiger who was suffering from arthritis so badly that
she could not get up to eat. When I first moved to Hattiesburg, I was not aware
that we had a zoo. Later my mom, who grew up in Laurel, told me that my aunt's
first apartment back in the early sixties was just across from the zoo. When
she stayed with my aunt and uncle, she said you could hear the animals at
night, especially the big cats. Zoo officials said that there are only 500
Siberian tigers living in the wild and their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years.
Thank you to the passionate team at the Hattiesburg Zoo for taking such great
care of Tigger for all those years.