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Swimming with tigers 2008

Swimming with Tigers
Traditionally, trainers have struggled to build an attachment
with the largest of the big cats Picture: BARCROFT MEDIA

Moksha and tiger

But The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, or TIGERS, near Miami, claims to have overcome the problem by encouraging both tigers and humans to swim together in a specially adapted pool

Moksha and tiger
Tigers are known as the best swimmers of all the big cats with modified webbing between their toes to make their feet more like flippers
Moksha and tiger
TIGERS claim that the animals love to play in the water
Moksha and tiger
The hand-reared tigers are introduced to the water a few months after birth and the trainers then give one-on-one tuition to each of the animals while they are in the water
Rajani and tiger swimming
Despite the apparent danger, the trainers are never at risk. They've found that in the water people and tigers are on a more equal footing.....
female trainers with tiger
...But TIGERS say that depends entirely on the specific animal

Swimming with Tigers
Filled with 100,00 gallons of water, one side of the TIGERS pool is made of glass,
so the public can see the handlers and the animals up close swimming together

Julia and Tiger
With a potential to grow to over 500 lbs and eight feet in length, it is often considered
that handlers will only swim with the tigers when they are no more than a year old