Joe's Viewpoint: Hattiesburg Zoo's Tigger the tiger

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Last Friday 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.

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