Kali The Tiger tries to fit in at Terra Natura

THE wardens at Benidorm’s Terra Natura are currently trying to get an 18 month old tiger to be accepted by other tigers.

The tiger was rejected by its mother at birth in November 2010, and has never been integrated into the park´s tiger population.

The first step has been to allow visual contact between the relatively small tiger, called Kali, and one of the three other adult tigers, who in turn it is hoped will introduce her to them.

Failure could result in Kali being seen as an intruder and attacked as such.

At present the tigers are being allowed to mix, until the rest become accustomed to Kali’s scent, as they alternate use of the open area outside their pens.

Kali is an Asian tiger, a species that is endangered, and protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The adults often reach 250 kilos and due to its short coat can adapt to heat and humidity of the jungles of Asia, where they usually live.

They are the second largest predator that exists on the planet after the polar and grizzly bear.

By Paul Deed

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