Monday, October 27, 2008

Remembering Washington's White Tiger

I was sad to learn the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, in Washington, D.C., had to euthanize its only white tiger early this month. Taj apparently had significant trouble walking, due to terrible pain resulting from osteoarthritis that was diagnosed several years ago.

A popular fixture at the zoo since 1986, he was a joy to watch when we encountered him during a family trip with young cousins in tow, not long after he arrived. And, when Taj leaned against a tree in his enclosure so he could scratch his torso, the kids squealed with delight as my camera captured his antics.

I'm sure the National Zoo and its patrons already miss him .

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