A sad day today at Zoo Miami where Roshe, a 19 year old female tiger, was euthanized due to her declining health.  The average lifespan of a wild tiger is 10 to 12 years, so it's not surprising that this elderly girl was suffering from kidney failure. 

I've visited Zoo Miami several times, and one of my favourite exhibits is the Tiger Temple--and looking  back through some of the photos I have kicking around I found Roshe, which makes me sad to think of her no longer lazing on the 'temple' steps, soaking up the sun.

19 year old Roshe (taken in February)
19 year old Carlita (taken in July 2011)
Roshe's exhibit-mate Carlita is an elderly lady herself and has been retired to a nearby private area to live out her remaining time in peace and quiet.  The temple will now become home to two highly endangered Malayan tiger mates in the hopes of baby tigers in the future.  

There's just something about tigers, don't you think?  The power in their beautiful bodies, the intelligent look in their eyes, the distinctive markings that identify each one as surely as a human's fingerprints...  The World Wildlife Fund does great work with an aim to conserve these prescious creatures, and if you're looking for a unique gift for the animal lover in your life, why not adopt a tiger?  With the amount of problems with tiger poaching at the moment (and only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today), doing something concrete is essential to save this endangered species from extinction.  Check out the WWF's tiger section to learn more about these  beautiful animals and the challenges they face.

Roshe was born in captivity and never had to face the threat of poachers... but alternatively, she never roamed her native habitat and experienced the life of a tiger as it was meant to be lived.   Rest easy, old girl... and enjoy exploring the wilderness in your afterlife.


22/03/2012 8:52pm

Tigers are my favorite wild animal. They are majestic and beautiful. I guess 19 is a good long life, but it is still a sad day. I'm sure Roshe is enjoying eternity.


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