WHITE TIGER SWIMMING
These incredible photos of a White Bengal Tiger named Odin.
Odin is six years old and 10 feet long from tail to nose.
Odin lives at a Zoo in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco .
Odin with his British trainer Lee Munro.
Odin was hand-raised at the zoo. And after he was weaned,
his British trainer Lee Munro discovered his remarkable skill.
When a lump of meat was thrown into a pool of water, Odin
would happily dive in after it.
He makes a funny face - and its actually to close his nostrils
to stop the water from going into his nose.
Not all big cats enjoy the water but for Tigers from the hot
climate of South-East Asia its one way to cool down.
Plus they hunt in and around water. Theyre an ambush
predator so they wait for prey to come down to the water.
When you actually see him dive underwater he looks
Odin loves the water and he loves food, he said. Not
all big cats will dive and swim underwater even for meat treats.
Munro said tigers were the most powerful swimmers
out of all land-dwelling animals.
Tragically, within our lifetimes, zoos might be the
only places left to see these magnificent animals.
A century ago there were about 100,000 tigers in
the wild. Now there are just 2,500 adults, with the
Bengal variety almost extinct. None has been seen
in the wild since the last white tiger was shot and killed in 1958.
White tigers are the most rare. They get their whitecolor
from an unusual and extremely rare genetic combination.
( Pictures to follow in next post )