Another video for everyone of pool time.
Babysitting tigers is one of my favorite parts of the day.
Until an unnamed clown's ducks escape and I have to chase them around for fifteen minutes... Glad the tiger compound is a bit more secure.
I am not sure if this will dispel or enhance the "poor Raja" comment from one Miss Crystal. You can see him sneak in the back while the others are not looking, until Shonti bumps him out. Sumsara subsequently bumps her out.
The social dynamics of this group of animals is fascinating. In the wild, tigers are solitary animals. By doing so, it is the best means of survival in their habitat, benefiting them for hunting and mating. However, their versatility to adapt to a group environment opposite their natural instincts is a true display of nature versus nurture. These animals are multiple generations captive-born and do not know solitary living nor having to fight for survival. The predator instincts never cease however. Raja displayed this during his returning walk from the lake a few days ago. He found himself submerged in grass twice his height and reminded everyone he was not one of those "bought it at the mall" tigers. Thinking that Casey and I could no longer see him, he nearly went into attack mode from his perceived camouflage position! Casey laughingly responded, "Ok Raja, that is enough returning to Asia for you."