Sumatran Tiger (panthera tigris) – Melbourne Zoo
Once again the Sumatran tiger caught my eye at Melbourne Zoo last week. This time one was sprawled out in the shallows of the moat between the enclosure and the open air viewing area, cooling off in Melbourne’s heat wave.
I’ve never seen a tiger in the moat before and I couldn’t help but be reminded of that story & photos I posted a while back. Story is at http://victoriaaphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/sumatran-tiger-panthera-tigris-sumatrae-encounter-melbourne-zoo/ in case you’re new to my blog and haven’t read it.
I didn’t actually think that tigers liked the water, but Melbourne’s high temperatures last week must have enticed this tiger into the cool, shady part. I can’t help but wonder if that moat is ALL shallow water………….. or deepens on the visitor side. I also can’t help but wonder if tigers can swim over to the low fence near the water, which is something like a meter (or just a few feet) away from where I was standing?
(Alright, I’m a ‘chicken’ and scared of tigers).