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Tigers Obi and Gizmo arrived at Top Of The Rock Wildlife Sanctuary on Sept. 13, 2011. They came from a sanctuary in San Antonio, TX that has closed. We have welcomed them both,, into our sanctuary and into our hearts.
Video of excerpts of Obi enjoying her first time in the big playground. Obi loves the sea of grass, wading in the water (with one paw out ;) meeting dogs and playing while her enclosure is being cleaned.
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She likes to be hosed down with water as well, everything except her front paws. If I am spraying her, she will lay there and enjoy it, until I wet her front paws, then she gets annoyed and moves off.
Every tiger ever living here, has had their eccentricities, and that is hers. LOL
No, I am certain there is no prior paw injury. She can run like the wind (as observed later in the video). She just doesn't like to get her front paws wet. :)
If I am hosing her down (she likes that) she will run if I get her front paws wet. Finicky cat...
An update, as of today's date, she is still grumpy with her neighbors, but improving.
However, she loves when I baby talk her and chuffles a LOT.
I wonder if she has in the past injured them in some way ?
After being taken in by WAO, she was there amongst 80+ big cats (at times, over 100). There was a marked decrease of personal daily attention, so she regressed in emotional well being. As she gets a more positive interaction from us, and a reduction of feelings of competition with the other tigers, we hope she will become more sociable.
She still displays aggression towards the other tigers, but they are all in separate enclosures. As she learns that no one can steal her food, and gets individual attention from humans, I feel she will gradually calm down with her tiger neighbors.
It's amazing the depth of emotion and complex interaction these wild animals display. Since our sanctuary is so small, we are able to provide more emotional enhancement for each animal, that the giant facilities can't.