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Zoo Miami's White Bengal Tiger Carlita Was Euthanized
NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Sep 16, 2013

Posted on 09/16/2013 10:37:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Recently, Carlita's health deteriorated quickly and her quality of life was poor with no possibility of improving.

Carlita, the 21-year-old white Bengal tiger who had been at Zoo Miami for almost two decades, was euthanized on Monday, the zoo said.

In May 2012, Carlita was retired to a special enclosure in a secluded quarantine area because she was starting to show signs of her age, the zoo said. Recently, her health deteriorated quickly and her quality of life was poor with no possibility of improving.

Carlita was born in captivity in July 1992 and came to the zoo two years later. She shared the exhibit with two other female Bengal tigers called Lyric and Roshe. She was the last surviving member of that group.

"White tigers were extremely popular back in the 80’s and 90’s when their rare white coloring and almost mythical background drew tremendous attention from the general public. Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are not a separate species or albinos but rather a genetic mutation of a typical tiger where a rare gene produces the white coloring" the zoo said in an email. "Since that time, zoos have shifted their attention from exhibiting genetic mutations to concentrating on species of naturally wild occurring animals that are in danger of extinction."

The zoo said that there will soon be a new exhibit of a pair of extremely endangered Sumatran tigers, and it hopes to breed them.

"If successful, it will be the first time in nearly 30 years that tiger cubs will be born at the zoo," the zoo said.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping; tigers; whitetiger; zoo
Carlita
1 posted on 09/16/2013 10:37:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Do Tigers qualify for a “kittyping”?

Poor beautiful white tiger — there is a nice photo of her too.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 10:42:07 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Carlita and Roche during happier times. White tigers are not albino. They are a rare mutation of the Indian / Royal Bengal tiger.

3 posted on 09/16/2013 10:49:46 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

And then of course there are the Detroit Tigers which are a totally different cat altogether


4 posted on 09/16/2013 10:51:38 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: nickcarraway

Poor kitty.


5 posted on 09/16/2013 11:00:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nickcarraway

Awwwwwww.

:(


6 posted on 09/16/2013 11:06:23 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Innovative; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..
Carlita RIP.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 11:28:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fai Mao
And then of course there are the Detroit Tigers which are a totally different cat altogether

...in a city that should be euthanized.

8 posted on 09/16/2013 11:29:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Indeed. Beautiful animal and a fine example of God's Creation.

Say, Slings, could you put me on the Kitty Ping List please? My kitty (a wonderful 15-yr-old orange tabby who is my best buddy) indicated he'd like to watch more kitty threads while he sits on my lap helping me FReep.

Thanks!

9 posted on 09/16/2013 11:33:07 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I got to see several white tigers at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Gorgeous!


10 posted on 09/16/2013 11:35:01 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: nickcarraway

Anyone got dibbs on the leftovers? Would make one hell of a rug...


11 posted on 09/16/2013 11:36:38 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: dayglored

Far be it from me to get you in trouble with the boss - you’re added.


12 posted on 09/16/2013 11:45:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boatbums

That they are.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 11:45:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Thanks for the beautiful picture!

Sigfried and Roy are maintaining a Habitat in Las Vegas that keeps white tigers also.

http://www.miragehabitat.com/pages/garden_whitetiger.asp

“The white tiger is white with black stripes, pink paws and ice blue eyes. All subspecies of tigers can carry the recessive genes to code for a white tiger; however, white tigers born in their native habitat rarely survive due to their lack of camouflage.

White tigers ARE NOT a subspecies, they are a genetic variation.

White tigers ARE NOT albinos. The coloration of these animals is due to leucism, which is a lack of dark pigmentation.

Almost all white tigers in zoological facilities are descended from one Bengal tiger named Mohan that was found in India in the 1950s.”


14 posted on 09/16/2013 11:47:14 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: nickcarraway

The first victim of ObamaCare?


15 posted on 09/16/2013 11:56:49 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: nickcarraway

What a magnificent creature.


16 posted on 09/17/2013 12:32:24 AM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: nickcarraway

Tigers are such gorgeous animals. One of nature’s best, in my opinion. Sad to hear the old gal had to be put down.


17 posted on 09/17/2013 12:44:32 AM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: llevrok

Tigers at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

18 posted on 09/17/2013 1:01:23 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: llevrok


19 posted on 09/17/2013 1:04:59 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: nickcarraway

White Liger


20 posted on 09/17/2013 1:10:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: James C. Bennett

Beautiful!

Love those pictures. Thanks for posting them.


21 posted on 09/17/2013 1:10:38 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: JoeProBono

Ahhhhhh!!

A picture is sure worth a thousand words. :)


22 posted on 09/17/2013 1:12:11 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: nickcarraway

Reached the end of it’s usefulness huh? Obamacare strikes again.


23 posted on 09/17/2013 1:17:42 AM PDT by albie
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To: James C. Bennett

remarkable images!! Thanks for sending them to me.


24 posted on 09/17/2013 1:47:41 AM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: Slings and Arrows

RIP Big Cat. :(=^..^=


25 posted on 09/17/2013 2:51:56 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: nickcarraway

RIP.


26 posted on 09/17/2013 3:07:25 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Slings and Arrows
She will be missed by those in the area. Such a beautiful [big] cat.

Please add me to the Kitty Ping List... thank you!
27 posted on 09/17/2013 3:15:42 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Innovative

We lived in Vegas for several years. These guys have always been committed. Can only imagine what they have done since the 80’s. Can say they have a huge property.


28 posted on 09/17/2013 3:18:39 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway
Everything has an expiration date. Sad, but it is the cycle of life.

This is the white tiger at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Nice Kitty

29 posted on 09/17/2013 3:46:05 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: mlizzy

You’re added.


30 posted on 09/17/2013 4:53:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Fai Mao
And then of course there are the Detroit Tigers

There used to be a Detroit lion but it hasn't been seen since 1959...

31 posted on 09/17/2013 5:19:23 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Slings and Arrows

What a beautiful girl she was. I hope she knew much love and comfort during her life.


32 posted on 09/17/2013 7:45:49 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Agreed.


33 posted on 09/17/2013 10:11:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: James C. Bennett

What beautiful pictures. I read recently that this is a large tourist destination and people for a fee can have their pictures taken with these magnificent creatures, but in order for this to happen the cats are tranquilized! What a shame if that’s the case.


34 posted on 09/17/2013 10:32:15 AM PDT by mupcat
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